Dominant governance theories are drawn primarily from Euro-American sources, including emergent theories of network and collaborative governance. The authors contest this narrow view and seek a more globally inclusive and transdisciplinary perspective, arguing such an approach is more fruitful in addressing the wicked problems of sustainability-including social, economic, and environmental crises. This book thus offers and affirms an innovative governance approach that may hold more promise as a "universal" framework that is not colonizing in nature due to its grounding in relational process assumptions and practices. Using a comprehensive Governance Typology that encompasses ontological assumptions, psychosocial theory, epistemological concepts, belief systems, ethical concepts, political theory, economic theory, and administrative theory, the authors delve deeply into underlying philosophical commitments and carry them into practice through an approach they call Integrative Governance. The authors consider ways this approach to radical self-governance is already being implemented in the prefigurative politics of contemporary social movements, and they invite scholars and activists to: imagine governance in contexts of social, economic, and environmental interconnectedness; to use the ideal-type as an evaluative tool against which to measure practice; and to pursue paradigmatic change through collaborative praxis.
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part, Part I Situating Integrative Governance chapter 1 Complex global crises chapter 2 Governance network theories chapter 3 Advancing collaborative governance theory and practice part, Part II A transdisciplinary understanding of governance chapter 4 The meaning of integration chapter 5 Ontological assumptions: Relational Becoming chapter 6 Psychosocial theory: Ensembling individuality chapter 7 Epistemological concepts: Integral Knowing chapter 8 Belief systems: Co-Creationism chapter 9 Ethical concepts: Stewardship chapter 10 Political theory: Radical Democracy chapter 11 Economic theory: Coopetition chapter 12 Administrative theory: Facilitative Coordination part, Part III Illustration and affirmation of Integrative Governance chapter 13 Finding the will to integrate chapter 14 Affirming Integrative Governance.