Building Bridges: Case Studies in Collaborative Governance in Canada
by Claude M. Rocan
The case studies contained in this book show real-life examples of complex problems being addressed through collaboration. The problems confronting modern society are complex and do not lend themselves to simple solutions or linear decision-making. They require the involvement of many stake-holders. This is often brought about by networks, which bring together a multitude of players in the search for solutions to public policy issues. This can be challenging, as differing viewpoints and personalities, and often conflicting interests need to be acknowledged and reconciled. Yet without the involvement of all interested parties, "solutions" that emerge will likely be partial, distorted, and short-lived.
The cases span a broad spectrum, including issues of poverty reduction, criminal gang reduction, environmental reparation, economic development for First Nations, building age-friendly communities, and co-management of fisheries. To reflect Canada's diversity, the case studies are located in a number of different regions of Canada. What emerges is not a formula to follow, nor a definite set of "success factors." Instead, using common categories for analysis, the case studies provide rich insights in the practical application of collaborative governance from those with direct experience.
The result is a book that will be of interest both to practitioners and to students of governance, and to anyone hoping for a future where divisions in society can be more effectively bridged.
Claude M. Rocan is an independent writer and researcher. Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, he studied at Glendon College (York University), McMaster University, and York University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political science. He held policy/advisory positions within the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada at the senior professional and executive levels. As Director General of the Centre for Health Promotion at the Public Health Agency of Canada, he had the opportunity to experience directly the complexities and challenges - and the potential - of collaborative governance. Following his career in the public service, he was Visiting Fellow with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he published Challenges in Public Health: The Canadian Experience (Invenire Books). He lives in Manotick, Ontario.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 — The Power of Collaboration and the Collaboration of Power: Lessons from a Multi-sectoral Poverty Reduction Collaborative
Derek Cook and Tere Mahoney
Chapter 2 — The Gang Action Interagency Network of Winnipeg
Chapter 3 — Collaborative Governance for the Development and Implementation of Revitalization Plans to Enhance and Sustain Ecosystem Resilience: The Collingwood Harbour Remedial Action Plan
Chapter 4 — Collaborative Governance to Meet the Challenge of Aging: The Case of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
Mario Paris and Suzanne Garon
Chapter 5 — Stronger Together: First Nations Community/Municipality Collaborations
Chapter 6 — Co-Management of Fisheries Resources in the Western Canadian Arctic
Burton Ayles, Redmond Clarke, Kristin Hynes, Robert Bell and John Noksana
Annex — Assessing Collateral Impact Within a Collaborative Governance Framework
Anna J. De Hart