Print Email Facebook Twitter Paradoxes of collaborative governance: Investigating the real-life dynamics of multiagency collaborations using a quasi-experimental action-research approach Title Paradoxes of collaborative governance: Investigating the real-life dynamics of multiagency collaborations using a quasi-experimental action-research approach Author Waardenburg, M. Groenleer, M. de Jong, J. Keijser, B.M.J. Publication year 2020 Abstract The literature suggests that collaborative governance efforts typically face three types of challenges: substantive problem-solving challenges, collaborative process challenges and multi-relational accountability challenges. In this article, we investigate how these challenges manifest themselves in practice and explore potential ways in which collaborators can deal with them. To do so, we studied eight multi-agency crime-fighting collaborations in the Netherlands using a quasi-experimental action-research approach. We found that the challenges present collaborations with a set of paradoxical demands. Collaborations that were able to make progress transcended the paradoxes by adopting a ‘both/and’ rather than an ‘either/or’ mindset. Our findings contribute to knowledge about designing effective multi-agency collaborations. Subject Collaborative GovernanceMulti-agency CollaborationQuasi-experimental action-research approachPublic problem-solvingCollaborative processMulti-relational accountability To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:73af4613-7055-4954-9983-94e18351395d TNO identifier 866937 Source Public Management Review, 22 (3), 386-407 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.