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Sound Governance: Engaging Citizens through Collaborative Organizations


  • Ali Farazmand



This paper addresses governance-citizen relationship and argues for “sound governance” and engaging citizens in public administration through collaborative organizations. After reviewing and analyzing the contemporary literature on the importance and various forms of governance, it: (1) argues for a new concept of ‘sound governance’ with key dimensions and characteristics, (2) provides an imperative with rationales for engaging citizens in governance and governing in the twenty first century, and (3) offers alternative forms of collaboration and partnership building to engage citizens, enhance governance, and maximize citizen participation in public administration. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Ali Farazmand, 2012. "Sound Governance: Engaging Citizens through Collaborative Organizations," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 223-241, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:12:y:2012:i:3:p:223-241
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-012-0186-7

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    1. Alejandro Rodriguez, 2019. "Defining Governance in Latin America," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 5-19, March.
    2. Claudio Balestri, 2014. "Political Organizations, Interest Groups and Citizens Engagement: An Integrated Model of Democracy," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 533-543, December.
    3. Carsten Greve, 2015. "Ideas in Public Management Reform for the 2010s. Digitalization, Value Creation and Involvement," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 49-65, March.
    4. Taye Demissie Beshi & Ranvinderjit Kaur, 2020. "Public Trust in Local Government: Explaining the Role of Good Governance Practices," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 337-350, June.
    5. Ali Farazmand, 2013. "Governance in the Age of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for South and Southeast Asia," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 13(4), pages 349-363, December.
    6. Yutaka Tsujinaka & Shakil Ahmed & Yohei Kobashi, 2013. "Constructing Co-governance between Government and Civil Society: An Institutional Approach to Collaboration," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 13(4), pages 411-426, December.


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