When collaborative development meets New Public Governance: The case of Etorkizuna Eraikiz Territorial Development Lab in Gipuzkoa

Ainhoa Arrona, Miren Estensoro, Miren Larrea, Eduardo Sisti

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Etorkizuna Eraikiz Territorial Development Lab (TDLab) is a long-term action research process that has produced a change towards more horizontal forms of territorial development and policymaking governance in Gipuzkoa. The article analyses this experience to reflect on the role of public organisations in steering cooperative forms of territorial development. Specifically, the article suggests that cooperative forms of territorial development may need network-based public organisations; and it shows that TDLab has fostered and embodied practices framed under New Public Governance (NPG), a network-based public administration paradigm. By reflecting on how such practices were fostered in TDLab, the article also suggests a potential complementarity between New Public Governance and action research for territorial development, the research approach and change strategy developed in TDLab, as a means of better contributing to network based public organisations.


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