The social embedding of generic governance instruments

Eva Sørensen, Jacob Torfing, Christopher Ansell

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This insightful Handbook presents readers with a comprehensive range of original research within the field of collaborative public management (CPM). As a central area of study and practice in public administration, the Handbook explores the most important questions facing collaboration and provides future research directions and new areas of study.

Featuring expert contributions from a diverse range of scholars, this Handbook showcases the emergence of collaborative governance research and charts connections among the multiple arenas of CPM; including public/private partnerships, emergency management and climate change management. Chapters cover the fundamental practices and limitations of CPM as well as future possibilities. Reflecting on leading theories and research, the Handbook argues that CPM is both an evolving field, as well as a varied and maturing one that is worthy of continued exploration.

The Handbook will be a valuable resource to scholars and graduate students in subjects such as public administration and public policy, who are interested in examining current research and approaches within the field. The examination of collaborative initiatives will also be beneficial to administrative leaders in public services who want to understand how to lead and manage more dynamic arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Collaborative Public Management
EditorsJack Meek
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateFeb 2021
ISBN (Print)978 1 78990 190 0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Governance
  • governance instruments
  • Collaboration
  • social embedding
  • Implementation

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