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The use of collaborative processes in the making of California water policy: The San Francisco Estuary Project, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, and the Sacramento Area Water Forum.


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This dissertation explores an emerging phenomenon in the policy making in the United States---collaborative policy- making---which has shown promise for breaking through difficult impasses and policy gridlock in complex and highly conflictual policy arenas. While most researchers have focused on the agreements from these efforts, this research identifies the broader range of outcomes produced to see if these processes, which involve different patterns of interaction among disputants than they had engaged in previously, were producing other types of change and whether those changes were ones that could be expected from the types of policy processes used previously. The cases include three collaborative processes for making water policy in California---the San Francisco Estuary Project, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, and the Sacramento Area Water Forum. Together the cases spanned more than ten years, and provided a robust sample of experience with collaborative policy making and the opportunity to trace several outcomes over time.