Although one often thinks of collaborative management and related group problem-solving as different interests coming together in "peaceful harmony," nothing could be further from reality. Collaboration in real-world action requires steering and negotiation in virtually every situation, with a considerable process that precedes agreement.  This progression is, in effect, a "mini" political and managerial process we have come to know as collaborative politics and its management. This volume explores the process and operations of collaboration and collaborative politics, from routine transactions, or "small p" politics, to the significant issue forces or "big P" politics. Collaboration is defined here as the process of facilitating and operating in multiorganizational arrangements for addressing problems and producing solutions through the contributions of several organizations and individuals. Throughout the book, readers are gradually exposed to analysis of key findings in collaborative politics from the long research tradition in policy and political science.

This book adapts a series of stories to highlight some of collaborative politics’ dynamics, from a range of jurisdictions. It further analyzes the efficacy of storytelling as a learning tool and contributor to practice in different contexts. With collaborative politics often associated with negotiations among administrative actors, authors Robert Agranoff and Aleksey Kolpakov demonstrate how interorganization/interagency collaboration operates and is managed, as well as how it has been modified or adjusted in its fundamental core concepts of bureaucratic organization and hierarchy. The Politics of Collaborative Public Management is designed as a core text for undergraduate and graduate classes on collaborative management and governance.

Foreword by David Rosenbloom  Preface  1. From Bureaucracy to the Politics and Organization for Collaborative Management  2. Development of Collaborative Enterprises  3. Organizing Government to Meet Collaboration Challenges  4. The Processes of Reaching Agreement  5. On Power and Operations in Collaboration  6. The Politics of It All  7. Academic Studies of Collaborative Politics and Management  8. Stories in Collaborative Politics  9. The Process Challenges and Struggles of Joint Undertakings  10. Assessing and Improving Collaborative Performance  11. The Future Politics of Public Bureaucracy in a Connected Era  12. Conclusion: Administering Collaborative Affairs in the Digital Era