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Collaborating for Our FutureMultistakeholder Partnerships for Solving Complex Problems$
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Barbara Gray and Jill Purdy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782841

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198782841.001.0001

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Power and Collaboration

Power and Collaboration

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Collaborating for Our Future

Barbara Gray

Jill Purdy

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights how power affects and is affected by the structure, processes, and relationships in partnerships. We consider the episodic aspects of power that enable actors to influence dependencies through their authority, resources, and discursive legitimacy, as well as the systemic aspects of power that are linked to institutionalized expectations and legitimacy. An analysis of episodic power yields insights into possible power responses that partners may engage in based on their perceived characteristics, acknowledging that partners may use power to advantage themselves, to influence the process, or for collective benefit. Systemic power reflects the alignment of partners and the partnership as a whole with the institutional expectations of one or more fields, and how the meanings framed by partners serve to maintain or change field norms. Successful partnerships require that partners will have sufficient power to remain legitimate and that the collaborative effort is seen as acceptable.

Keywords:   episodic power, systemic power, authority, legitimacy, discursive legitimacy, dominant frames, institutional norms, institutional maintenance, institutional change

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