Beyond Governments
Making Collective Government Work - Lessons from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Foreword by Clare Short
Paper: 978 1 78353 185 1 / $30.00
Published: May 2015  

Cloth: 978 1 78353 189 9 / $90.00
Published: September 2015  

Publisher: Greenleaf
180 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 3/4"
Though there is much to be said for governing “beyond governments”, it is a treacherous area with little practical guidance of how it can be done successfully. Collective governance should reinforce and strengthen government systems and enable the formal institutions to do their jobs. Certain challenges cannot be addressed by governments alone.

This book sets out the first framework for those wishing to implement collective governance, involving civil society, companies and governments as key actors. Based on over six years of running the most advanced example of collective governance at the international level, the Head and Deputy Head of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) outline the practicalities and pitfalls, and draw out the experience of the EITI as a case example. It draws together the development of the process from an initiative, to an international multi-stakeholder forum, to a global standard. The authors explore the challenges of designing an appropriate standard.

Beyond Governments tells a positive story of how this type of innovative governance can make real achievements, but also cautions against those who see governance as a silver bullet to solve development challenges. It provides practical guidance from the perspective of practitioners and will be essential reading for those in government, business and academia.

Table of Contents:
Explanation of the structure of the book
Motivation for the book
Part I - Introduction – the Irresistible Rise of Collective Governance
Part II – A Brief History of EITI – Collective Governance in Practice
Part III – How to be a Governance Entrepreneur - A Framework for Managing Collective Governance

1) Preconditions for collective governance
2) Build trust through building momentum – just get on with it
3) Move the consensus from the narrow to the meaningful
4) Getting the most from the people
5) Governing the Governance
6) Saying goodbye - sunset clauses and appreciating the life cycle of institutions
7) How to be a Governance Entrepreneur: Checklist
Part IV – Recommendations and Conclusions
1) Recommendations
2) Applicability of governance entrepreneurship in other sectors
3) Conclusions
Notes about the Authors

IHRB Reviews Book

Reviews & Endorsements:
"I would like to congratulate Eddie and Jonas on the book and for taking the time to write it. It is a unique book in many ways; and there is a reason that EITI is amongst the most successful of all multi-stakeholder initiatives."
- John Morrison, Executive Director , Institute for Human Rights and Business
"The book is timely and fills a gap in the literature of practitioner guidance. Accessible, provocative and not afraid to challenge."
- Michael Jarvis, Program Leader , Governance for Extractive Industries, World Bank