Collaborative governance is the suitable governance model for current China

GUO Daojiu1

(1.Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071)

【Abstract】Collaborative governance is a concept of governance different from traditional government administration based on hierarchy. Collaborative, as a higher inter-organizational relationship than cooperation, emphasizes that multiple subjects participate and become true decision makers on basis of the common goal. The collaborative subjects, with common actions and equal position, shall not exclude the existence of actual leaders. In the Western context, collaborative governance is the domestic public affairs management mode involving multiple subjects, and cooperative governance is a governance mode of the international society. In the Chinese context, cooperative governance emphasizes more equality of the subjects, and collaborative governance emphasizes the perspective special roles of the multiple subjects according to certain rules. The concept of collaboration fits into the governance reality of Chinese society transforming from the governance dominated by government as single subject to multi-subject governance, where government plays a leading role. It is a realistic choice for China to follow governance orientation and achieve sound governance. In the local governance of China, Hangzhou’s “social composite subjects” is a quite successful case of collaborative governance. It created a complete process including problem triggering, forces mobilization, dialogue, trust building, process commitment, interim achievements, and dependence and win-win relationship based on long-term vision, and established consensus, action integration, communication, interest coordination and other coordination mechanisms, hence effective solving loose collective actions.

【Keywords】 collaborative governance; cooperative governance; collaborative mechanism;

【Funds】 Youth Project of National Social Sciences Foundation of China (09CZZ014) Research on the Mechanism of the Social Organizations Participating in Social Management by Basic Scientific Research Fund for the Central Universities

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ISSN:1000-3355

CN: 11-1396/D

Vol , No. 01, Pages 61-70+126-127

February 2016

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Abstract

  • 1 Collaborative governance is a new government administration concept
  • 2 Collaborative governance rather than cooperative collaboration
  • 3 Collaborative governance is the realistic choice of China’s social governance
  • 4 Collaboration mechanisms in social governance
  • 5 Conclusion and further discussion
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