The growing intensity and complexity of public service has spurred policy reform efforts across the globe, many featuring attempts to promote more collaborative government. Collaboration in Public Service Delivery sheds light on these efforts, analysing and reconceptualising the major types of collaboration in public service delivery through a governance lens.
Featuring careful analysis with a global scope, this book unpacks the concept of collaborative service delivery and its practice, drawing from the fields of public policy, public administration, and management. Chapters by leading authors in these areas address service delivery arrangements including co-production, co-management, consultations, contracting-out, commissioning and certification. With a keen focus on conditions that are critical for the success of such collaborative arrangements, as well as their different pathways and pitfalls, the authors suggest ways to improve the analytical, managerial and political capacities needed for successful collaboration in public service delivery.
This timely and comprehensive book is useful for students at all levels interested in public policy, governance, administration and management, as well as researchers investigating the governance of collaborative service delivery. Policymakers and practitioners working to re-evaluate and improve public service provision, especially, will also benefit from its insightful discussions of the conditions and mechanisms under which collaborative arrangements operate and fail or succeed.
'This stimulating collection makes a timely effort to unite different approaches to collaborative public service delivery. It will be of interest to anyone looking for an up-to-date overview of the latest development in this area of research.'
– Taco Brandsen, Radboud University, the Netherlands
'Collaboration between government and non-government organisations to deliver services and implement policies has burgeoned recently, in both print and practice. This book not only provides a timely stock-take of the diverse forms and potential of collaboration, but also offers keen insights into its challenges and their implications for public management.'
– John Alford, University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributors include: C. Ansell, T. Bovaird, B. Cashore, Y.J. Chen, N. Chindarkar, I. Dayal, M. Dayashankar, A. Henjak, M. Howlett, R. Howsam, G.F. Johnson, A. Kekez, L. Lahat, E. Loeffler, A. Migone, M. Mintrom, M Ramesh, N. Sher-Hadar, M. Thomas, I. Van Meerkerk, J. Vince, W. Voorberg, D. Wichelns.
Edited by Anka Kekez, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Michael Howlett, Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada and M. Ramesh, Professor and UNESCO Chair of Social Policy Design in Asia, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.