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Governing Cross-Sector Collaboration by Eric Boyer, James Edwin Kee, John J. Forrer

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Chapter TwelveThe Future of Cross-Sector Collaboration

The growing complexity of today’s public policy problems and a lack of confidence by citizens in adopting government-only solutions have led to an expansion of a variety of governmental collaborations with private and nonprofit sector organizations. New approaches to governance—collaborative contracts, partnerships, networks, and independent public-services providers (IPSPs)—have emerged to fill the void left by ineffective, underperforming, and underfunded government agencies. Governments now are beginning to rely on the private and nonprofit sectors to bring to the table expertise, experience, and capacity that many public agencies lack.

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