Despite numerous attempts to define the core traits of co-production, it remains an heterogeneous concept. Building upon existing literature, we engage in legal reasoning to identify the co-producer, especially in those cases where she does not directly benefit from the service being co-produced. Introducing and relying on the concept of proximity, we argue that co-production should be centred in an administrative citizenship, which associates residence within a community with a set of rights and duties towards the public administration. Among those obligations, participation in co-production is a pathway towards active citizenship. We justify why co-production can be non-voluntary, or compelled by law to realise public interests. Yet we caution that co-production as a management scheme requires flexibility, and embedding it too strictly within a legal framework can diminish its effectiveness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - Nov 23 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)