Collaborative Governance in Portugal? A Critical Perspective Based on an Empirical Survey

Joao Francisco Santos Igreja, António Ferreira, João Igreja, Alberto Miranda

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Collaborative governance can be defined as a concerted type of decision-making and collective action in which overnment bodies and private sector stakeholders interact as equal partners with the aim of achieving outcomes of nterest for both parties. Academic authors in favour of the adoption of collaborative governance in Portugal tend to present a rather positive view on its merits. They argue that it is potentially the best approach to address the heavily bureaucratic and paternalistic traits of Portuguese planning.This is against the view of authors who – as ourselves – consider collaborative governance potentially problematic for the public interest. One can argue that collaborative governance has become in fact a surreptitious tool for the advancement of neoliberal goals. This debate raises a dilemma: should or should not collaborative governance be adopted by Portuguese local authorities in matters related with spatial planning?Based on an online survey, this research portrays the perceptions held by planners and planning related professionals (e.g. planning academics, consultants) and some political decision-makers about collaborative governance in Portuguese local authorities. The empirical results suggest that, in general terms, these individuals consider collaborative governance capable of delivering a number of positive outcomes, but is also associated with risks for the public interest. It is therefore important to conduct further research so that an appropriate legal framework can be developed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)109-127
Numero di pagine19
RivistaRevista Portuguesa de Estudos Regionais
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

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