Measuring Regional Collaboration and its Effects
From a cursory survey of the field, it seems evident that collaboration matters to some degree, whether intrinsically or extrinsically. Still, there is a related question that has received relatively little attention, and which begins this chapter: why have collaborative regional governance arrangements proven to be more effective in some regions and less so in others? How, for instance, did the Tech Triangle (in Canada’s Waterloo region) or the Research Triangle (in North Carolina) become successful economic regions, while countless other attempts at “economic clustering” have failed? How have governmental and non-governmental regional actors been able to conserve thousands of acres of privately-owned open space and ecologically sensitive habitats through collaboration in some regions, while others have let the ecological resources of their regions be squandered? In other words, what internal and external forces influence the outcome of regional collaboration?