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Partnerships, Governance and Sustainable Development

Reflections on Theory and Practice Edited by Pieter Glasbergen, Honorary Professor, Governance for Sustainable Development, Maastricht University - ICIS, Emeritus Professor, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University, Frank Biermann, Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Arthur P.J. Mol, Chair and Professor in Environmental Policy, Wageningen University, The Netherlands and Professor in Environmental Policy, Renmin University, Beijing, China
This significant study discusses the emergence of partnerships for sustainable development as an innovative, and potentially influential, new type of governance. With contributions from leading experts in the field, the ‘partnership paradigm’ is discussed and the contributors explore the process, extent and circumstances under which partnerships can improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of governance for sustainable development.
Extent: 328 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 405 9
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This significant study discusses the emergence of partnerships for sustainable development as an innovative, and potentially influential, new type of governance. With contributions from leading experts in the field, the ‘partnership paradigm’ is discussed and the contributors explore the process, extent and circumstances under which partnerships can improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of governance for sustainable development.

Scientific research on partnerships within the context of governance theory is fairly new, and there is a clear need to systemize a knowledge base to further define the international research agenda. In addition, there is an urgent demand from governments and international organizations, as well as from non-governmental actors, for strategic insights to build upon their activities in this field. This book is designed to address the questions, debates and agendas related to this new mode of governance.

This multi-disciplinary book brings together unique perspectives from organizational theory, policy science, sociology and political science. As such, it will be warmly welcomed by academics of environmental policy and politics as well as scholars and researchers interested in governance for sustainable development. It will also appeal to public policy scholars.
‘. . . this is a book to read for anybody who wants a good overview of ongoing research on environmental partnerships in public administration, business administration, political science and sociology.’
– Thomas Sikor, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

‘The profit of this book is the well-proportioned mixture of theoretical reflections . . . and empirical findings, mostly presented in the form of case studies. . . the volume offers a well-structured and recommendable account of the current state of governance and partnerships in the field of sustainable development.’
– Thomas Krumm, Political Studies Review

‘This well-structured volume brings together a group of leading experts on an important emerging topic of global and local environmental policy. The book is highly recommended for every student and scholar in the field of environmental governance.’
– Martin Jänicke, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

‘Partnerships have emerged as a critical “best practice” in the pursuit of sustainability. Glasbergen, Biermann and Mol’s book explores the partnership issue from a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives – highlighting how to understand them and what (not) to do. Highly recommended.’
– Daniel C. Esty, Yale University, US
Contributors: B. Arts, J.E. Austin, F. Biermann, D.W. Brinkerhoff, J.M. Brinkerhoff, M.-s. Chan, P. Glasbergen, B. Gray, N. Gunningham, S. Khagram, J. Meadowcroft, A. Mert, A.P.J. Mol, P. Pattberg, I.J. Visseren-Hamakers, S. Waddell
Contents:

Preface

1. Setting the Scene: The Partnership Paradigm in the Making
Pieter Glasbergen

PART I: PARTNERSHIPS AS COLLABORATIVE ARRANGEMENTS: THE ACTOR PERSPECTIVE
2. The Process of Partnership Construction: Anticipating Obstacles and Enhancing the Likelihood of Successful Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Barbara Gray

3. Sustainability through Partnering: Conceptualizing Partnerships between Businesses and NGOs
James E. Austin

4. Partnership as a Means to Good Governance: Towards an Evaluation Framework
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff

PART II: PARTNERSHIPS AS GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS: THE INSTRUMENTAL PERSPECTIVE
5. Enabling Environmental Partnerships: The Role of Good Governance in Madagascar’s Forest Sector
Derick W. Brinkerhoff

6. Environmental Partnerships in Agriculture: Reflections on the Australian Experience
Neil Gunningham

7. Partnership as Governance Mechanism in Development Cooperation: Intersectoral North–South Partnerships for Marine Biodiversity
Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Bas Arts and Pieter Glasbergen

PART III: PARTNERSHIPS AND THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
8. Partnerships for Sustainability: An Analysis of Transnational Environmental Regimes
Philipp Pattberg

9. Democracy and Accountability: The Challenge for Cross-sectoral Partnerships
James Meadowcroft

10. Bringing the Environmental State Back In: Partnerships in Perspective
Arthur P.J. Mol

PART IV: THE FUTURE OF PARTNERSHIPS
11. Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Does the Promise Hold?
Frank Biermann, Man-san Chan, Aysem Mert and Philipp Pattberg

12. Multi-Stakeholder Global Networks: Emerging Systems for the Global Common Good
Steve Waddell and Sanjeev Khagram

13. Conclusion: Partnerships for Sustainability – Reflections on a Future Research Agenda
Frank Biermann, Arthur P.J. Mol and Pieter Glasbergen

Index