Governing without Collaboration: State and Civil Society Relations in Jamaica


  • Kim Moloney


This study finds infrequent collaborative action between state and civil society actors in Jamaica. Jamaica’s predominant institutional structure is authority-based. Relations between state and civil society actors may be considered consultative, at best. The Jamaican case sits in contrast to a collaborative governance scholarship largely focused upon successful collaborative cases. Theoretical development within collaborative governance research might benefit from more developing-country case studies, greater attention to historical explanations, and a broadened collaborative continuum. The presence of a consultative (but not collaborative) relationship may indicate a country’s location at a midway point between authority-based and collaboratively-governed systems. Postulating about why a state has non-collaborative relationship will deepen our understanding of what is required for collaboration to occur.

Author Biography

Kim Moloney

Kim Moloney is Assistant Professor at South Korea’s Kyunghee University and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Leadership and Governance at Jamaica’s University of the West Indies. The paper benefited from comments provided at the 12th SALISES Conference (2011); PMRA’s International Conference (2010); and the Doctoral Conference on Collaborative Governance (2010). Conference travel funds were generously provided by UWI’s Department of Government. Thanks are given to two anonymous reviewers. Any errors are my own.


How to Cite

Moloney, K. (2014). Governing without Collaboration: State and Civil Society Relations in Jamaica. International Public Management Review, 14(1), 1–26. Retrieved from