Participatory Democracy and Collaborative Governance: Do the Two Join Forces (Against the State)?

Gayil Talshir*

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The side-by-side development of democratic theory and of collaborative governance seems to be cut of the same cloth; yet it might take the fashion of challenging the nation-state and weakening the role of the state and the civil service one step too far. In order to ensure the emperor is not naked under his new cloths, a critique of the relationship between participatory democracy and collaborative governance is undertaken in this chapter. After analyzing the major models of democracy and transformations of the civil service/state relations, the chapter outlines some of the main challenges of injecting participatory means into the heart of the policy-making arena. Assessing the daring project of collaborative governance, the chapter sets out the problems and puts forward the hopes for enacting participatory models of democracy as part of evolving governance without weakening the role of the state and the representative system in the process.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCollaborative Governance
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Lessons from Israel
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030458072
ISBN (Print)9783030458065
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Collaborative governance
  • Participatory democracy
  • Representation


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