Description - Collaborative Environmental Management by Tomas M. Koontz
Collaboration has become a popular approach to environmental policy, planning, and management. At the urging of citizens, nongovernmental organizations, and industry, government officials at all levels have experimented with collaboration. Yet questions remain about the roles that governments play in collaboration--whether they are constructive and support collaboration, or introduce barriers. This thoughtful book analyzes a series of cases to understand how collaborative processes work and whether government can be an equal partner even as government agencies often formally control decision making and are held accountable for the outcomes. Looking at examples where government has led, encouraged, or followed in collaboration, the authors assess how governmental actors and institutions affected the way issues were defined, the resources available for collaboration, and the organizational processes and structures that were established. Cases include collaborative efforts to manage watersheds, rivers, estuaries, farmland, endangered species habitats, and forests.
The authors develop a new theoretical framework and demonstrate that government left a heavy imprint in each of the efforts. The work concludes by discussing the choices and challenges faced by governmental institutions and actors as they try to realize the potential of collaborative environmental management.
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(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Resources for the Future Press (RFF Press)
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Author Biography - Tomas M. Koontz
Tomas M. Koontz is an associate professor of environmental and natural resource policy in the School of Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Toddi A. Steelman is an assistant professor of environmental and natural resource policy in North Carolina State University's Department of Forestry. JoAnn Carmin is an assistant professor of environmental policy and planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Katrina Smith Korfmacher is Community Outreach Coordinator at the University of Rochester's Environmental Health Sciences Center. Cassandra Moseley is a research associate in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and an adjunct assistant professor of planning, public, policy and management at the University of Oregon. Craig W. Thomas is an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is also on faculty with the Center for Public Policy and Administration.