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Inside co-production: ruling, resistance, and practice

Bevir, Mark; Needham, Catherine; Waring, Justin


Mark Bevir

Catherine Needham

Justin Waring


It might be argued that a narrative of co-production has come to re-define contemporary social and public policy. Elinor Ostrom’s pioneering work on co-production, that started in the 1970s and was awards the Nobel prize for economics in 2009, offers a way to bridge the gap between the market and the state through involving citizens in the production of common goods (Ostrom et al. 1978; Ostrom 2015). This ‘disarmingly simple’ idea (Alford 2014) is now engrained within contemporary policy-making and public service delivery (Ansell and Gash 2008), symbolising a more humane and inclusive alternative to New Pubic Management (Newman 2005) and cornerstone to New Public Governance (Osborne et al. 2016).


Bevir, M., Needham, C., & Waring, J. (2019). Inside co-production: ruling, resistance, and practice. Social Policy and Administration, 53(2), 197-202.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 2, 2021
Journal Social Policy & Administration
Print ISSN 0144-5596
Electronic ISSN 1467-9515
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 197-202
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bevir M, Needham C, Waring J. Inside co‐production: Ruling, resistance, and practice. Soc Policy Admin. 2019, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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