How far have we come with co-production-and what's next?

Tony Bovaird, Sophie Flemig, Elke Loeffler, Stephen P. Osborne

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In March 2017, we announced that we were guesteediting a Public Money & Management theme on coproduction, reflecting on the ever-increasing use of the concept in the public sector around the world, particularly in countries that have experienced prolonged austerity and major cutbacks in the public sector, to which co-production potentially seemed at least a partial solution (Bovaird, Flemig, Loeffler, & Osborne, 2017). However, we also suggested that all might not be as it seems—although co-production might be widely espoused by the top management of many public sector organizations, it may be honoured more in the breach than the observance. Moreover, there may be a ‘dark side’ to co-production, for example where it represents simply public care agencies dumping the responsibility for care services onto families, friends and neighbours. Following on from special issues on co-production in both the International Review of Administrative Sciences and Public Management Review, we invited researchers to submit contributions which addressed the potential of co-production, its results to date and reasons for its limited dissemination, even where it was apparently embedded in public sector strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-232
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019


  • co-production
  • public sector
  • strategy


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