Constructing Co-governance between Government and Civil Society: An Institutional Approach to Collaboration

Yutaka Tsujinaka*, Shakil Ahmed, Yohei Kobashi

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this paper is to analyze how civil society organizations (CSOs) collaborate with both developed and developing governments in Asia through institutional processes. It argues that in developed countries, institutional arrangements have a positive impact on collaboration. Favourable administrative governance can create collaboration between governments and CSOs. This paper reports on 3,944 studies of CSOs from 2004 to 2009 in Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, and Dhaka. CSOs in Tokyo have better combined collaborative and institutional processes than those in the other three cities. Governance in Seoul is more polarized than in the other cities, and in both Manila and Dhaka, despite there being a high degree of institutionalized relations between CSOs and the government, their collaboration is low. This research also finds that intermediary institutions between governments and CSOs play a role in co-governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-426
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Organization Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Bangladesh
  • Civil society
  • Co-governance
  • Collaboration
  • Institutionalization
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Philippines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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