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date: 24 March 2018

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This article considers collaborative governance as a functional requisite and democratic gain. It analyses the reasons why collaborative forms of governance are likely to cause problems with respect to the democratic quality of policy making, and evaluates the extent to which a loss of democratic quality can be compensated for by an improvement in the problem-solving capacity of government and in the quality of political decisions. The article also stresses the need for an empirical assessment not only of collaborative governance performance, but also of its democratic credentials.

Keywords: collaborative governance, democratic quality, policy making, problem-solving capacity, political decisions, government

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