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Inside co-production: stakeholder meaning and situated practice

Crompton, Amanda

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Co-production has risen to the fore of contemporary policymaking, with the intention of placing citizens at the heart of public service design and production. While this may lead to more democratic and legitimate decision making, achieving ‘meaningful’ co-production can be difficult. In this qualitative study we examine what constitutes meaningful co-production, in particular asking whether there is disconnect between the elite policy narrative that legitimizes co-production and stakeholder experiences of this approach. Our research adopts a decentered approach to examine the different ways that actors understand and participate in co-production, both as methodology and as an interactive social practice. We conclude that a lack of synergy between local narratives may undermine the potential success of co-production.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2018
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 9, 2020
Journal Social Policy and Administration
Print ISSN 0144-5596
Electronic ISSN 1467-9515
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 219-232
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