A movement is taking root in which governments at all levels in the United States are changing the way they engage in environmental management. After years of attempts by public agencies to implement policy from the top down, these agencies increasingly are using collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders to address environmental problems. Sometimes this collaboration takes place among public agencies. In other instances, collaboration primarily involves actors in the private and nonprofit sectors, with public agencies playing a relatively minor role. Governments fill a wide range of roles, all of which influence both the process and the outcomes of collaborative environmental management. By governments, we mean both the government ...

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