chapter  8
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Convening for the Future: The Distant Impacts of Regional Collaboration

When taking a moment to reflect historically upon the use of the expressions “regional collaboration,” “regional partnership,” “collaborative governance,” and the like, one is struck by the way in which they have become very rapidly embedded in the language and discourse of policy-makers. They seem to have, at least in part, taken the place of expressions and concepts such as “regional planning,” “metropolitan government” and “growth management.” In short, whereas coercion and state intervention have both become nearly taboo, incentivized voluntarism has become the norm.