This chapter develops a Pragmatist approach to “collaborative governance”—the development of collaborative relationships between public agencies and stakeholders. The chapter first argues that collaboration should be understood as an exercise in “fruitful conflict” rather than as an attempt to minimize conflict. Seen from this perspective, collaboration governance can be understood as a learning process that transforms stakeholder perspectives. The chapter calls attention to the way that even bitterly opposed stakeholders can learn to collaborate. Typically, this requires them to recognize and subsequently deepen their interdependence.
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