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Building Collaborative Governance in Times of Uncertainty

Pracademic Lessons from the Basque Gipuzkoa Province

Xabier Barandiaran (Editor), María José Canel (Editor), Geert Bouckaert (Editor),

Category: Policy Governance and Public Administration, Political Science

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703674

Publication date: March 17, 2023

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Number of pages: 266

Size: 234 x 156 x 15 mm

Funded by: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

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Category: Policy Governance and Public Administration, Political Science

Language: English

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Publication date: March 6, 2023

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Number of pages: 266

Funded by: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa

Category: Policy Governance and Public Administration, Political Science

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461665058

ISBN: 9789461665058

Publication date: March 6, 2023

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Number of pages: 266

Funded by: Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa


Insights and recommendations for collaborative governance.

Democratic societies are being challenged to look for new ways of doing politics that involve different stakeholders, particularly citizens. This book looks at public authorities’ attempts to put society at the core of public policies in the form of collaborative governance. It provides a full account of a major case from the provincial council of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country, Spain): 150 projects, more than 900 organisations, and 50.000 participants and beneficiaries. ‘Pracademic’ lessons learned derive from the interaction among 50 practitioners engaged in the day-to-day practice of the case and scholars from different countries. Topics included relate to major challenges that collaborative governance reforms are facing across the world: structures, institutionalisation, relationships, leadership, accountability, innovation, experimentation, communication, intangible resources, trust, and assessment of outcomes (particularly in terms of Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). Ultimately, issues of democracy arise from a case covering a comprehensive list of policies: health, employment, elderly care, energy, cybersecurity, electromobility, artificial intelligence, immigration, education, social equity, and culture. This book is intended for students, professionals and scholars interested in fostering the study and practice of democracy.

Contributors: Luis F. Aguilar (National Researcher Emeritus, Mexico), Stephen Ansolabehere (Harvard University), Ander Arzelus (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa), Unai Andueza (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa), Ainhoa Arrona (Deusto Foundation), Xabier Barandiaran (Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa), Carmine Bianchi (University of Palermo), Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven), Ander Caballero (Harvard University), María José Canel (University Complutense Madrid), Andoni Eizaguirre (Mondragon University), Olatz Errazkin (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa), Gorka Espiau (University of the Basque Country), Naiara Goia (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa), Asier Lakidain (University of the Basque Country), Miren Larrea (Deusto Foundation), Javier Lezaun (Oxford University), Peter Loge (The George Washington University), Vilma Luoma-aho (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics), Ion Muñoa (University of Deusto), Anne Murphy (Lancaster University), Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs), Adil Najim (Boston University), Markel Olano (Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa), Sonia Ospina (New York University), Elena Oyon (strategic thinker, doer and facilitator), Egoitz Pomares (University of the Basque Country), Eva Sørensen (Roskilde University), Fernando Tapia (University of the Basque Country), Jacob Torfing (Roskilde University), Alfonso Unceta (University of the Basque Country), Gregg G. Van Ryzin (Rutgers University–Newark), Sebastián Zurutuza (Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa)

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PrefaceThe Gipuzkoa model, a solid trajectoryMarkel Olano
List of abbreviations
Glossary of Etorkizuna Eraikiz terms
Chapter 1Introduction: Etorkizuna Eraikiz, a major case of collaborative governanceXabier Barandiarán, María José Canel & Geert Bouckaert
Part I. Structural dimensions to institutionalise collaborative governanceChapter 2Etorkizuna Eraikiz: The conceptual basis of the model Egoitz Pomares, Asier Lakidain & Alfonso Unceta
Chapter 3How to institutionalise collaborative governance? From concepts to practiceXabier Barandiarán, Sebastián Zurutuza, Unai Andueza & Ainhoa Arrona
Chapter 4What a systemic vision can do to help to develop collaborative governance: The example of Etorkizuna Eraikiz Naiara Goia, Gorka Espiau & Ander Caballero
*** WORKSHOP 1Synthesis of interactions between scholars and practitioners 1. To what extent do structures of governance of Etorkizuna Eraikiz differ from hierarchical organisational decision-making? 2. Which formulae did (and did not) work for decision-making with multi-level, cross-departmental, and public- and private-sector actors? 3. Analysis of meta-governance: what for, who, what, how and with what impact
Comments from scholars Comment 1 Etorkizuna Eraikiz: A collaborative governance framework for learning and acting Tina Nabatchi Comment 2 The challenge of combining legitimacy and effectiveness when building collaborative governance Luis Aguilar Comment 3 Historical background in the Basque Country for diverse social capital as a precondition for Etorkizuna Eraikiz collaborative governance Peter Loge Comment 4 Collaborative governance as jazz: Three propositions
Adil Najam ***
Part II. Relational dimensions to learn and communicate about a culture of collaborative governanceChapter 5Active experimentation through action research: The experience of the Etorkizuna Eraikiz Think TankAndoni Eizagirre, Miren Larrea & Fernando Tapia
Chapter 6Communicating for collaborative governance Ion Muñoa
Chapter 7Listening and learning together: Using action learning for collaborative governanceAnne Murphy, María José Canel, Olatz Errazkin, Ander Arzelus, & Elena Oyon
*** WORKSHOP 2Synthesis of interactions between scholars and practitioners 1. Analysis of stakeholders. Who is in, who is still out? Issues of democracy. 2. The role of culture in interactions management. What worked and what did not in aligning different stakeholders around common goals? Why do people engage in collaborative governance (efficiency, equality, social and economic growth)? 3. The role of leadership. How to organise leadership? What skills are needed for leading collaborative governance? 4. How has EE approached communication? What can be learned from it about the role communication plays in collaborative governance?
Comments from scholars Comment 5 Collaborative governance, accountability and leadership in Etorkizuna Eraikiz Sonia Ospina Comment 6 Etorkizuna Eraikiz: A case of interactive political leadership Eva Sørensen Comment 7 The need to systematise relationships with stakeholders to make collaborative governance work Jacob Torfing Comment 8 Public-sector communication to engage citizens in collaborative governance Vilma Luoma-aho ***
Part III. Looking at results and conclusions
*** WORKSHOP 3Synthesis of interactions between scholars and practitioners 1. What indicators are there about Etorkizuna Eraikiz? 2. How do we shift from results to trust? How is the collaborative governance of Etorkizuna Eraikiz building and keeping trust? How do inclusion/exclusion lead to trust? 3. How to further analyse outputs and impact of collaborative governance?
Comments from scholars Comment Notes on the evaluation of Etorkizuna Eraikiz Gregg Van Ryzin Comment 10 Looking at the impact of collaborative policies on intangibles and outcomes through dynamic performance governance Carmine Bianchi Comment 11 Looking about achievements and results: Further steps to evaluate Etorkizuna Eraikiz Stephan Ansolabehere Comment 12 Some reflections about the future of Etorkizuna EraikizJavier Lezaun ***
Chapter 8Conclusions: Pracademic lessons learnedGeert Bouckaert, María José Canel & Xabier Barandiarán
Appendices References About the authors and contributors

Xabier Barandiaran

Xabier Barandiaran is advisor to the Head of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and one of the main promoters of the development of Etorkizuna Eraikiz. He holds a PhD in sociology and is associate professor in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Deusto.

María José Canel

María José Canel is professor in political and public sector communication at the University Complutense Madrid with a focus on intangible resources (trust, engagement, legitimacy, and sustainability). She is a visiting scholar at George Washington University.

Geert BouckaertORCID icon

Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. He is honorary professor of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and visiting professor at the University of Potsdam.

Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven and Chair of the Committee for Contemporary Art.

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