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Course Description:
Organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors are increasingly being asked to engage in collaborative governance (where they work across governmental, jurisdictional, sectoral, geographic, and other boundaries to solve complex public issues) and participatory governance (where they directly engage and/or work with the public). While these governance approaches can help generate and implement enduring and meaningful public action, they are also challenging and demand a lot from managers and participants. This course seeks to provide a foundation in collaborative and participatory governance so that you can become a better producer and consumer of such processes, tools, and approaches. To that end, this class focuses on developing your knowledge and skills for collaborative and participatory governance. We will examine the underlying theories that support collaborative and participatory governance, assess what we know from research about how these approaches work, and explore how current practice can inform your future professional work. We will also work on developing some of the specific skills you will need to engage in collaborative and participatory endeavors. You will be asked to critique the use of collaborative and participatory governance in different settings, apply the principles of practice to actual and simulated contexts, and develop collaborative and participatory approaches to contemporary governance challenges.

Instructor: Tina Nabatchi Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University |  Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs