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Designing Public Policy For Co-ProductionTheory, practice and change$
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Catherine Durose and Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316695

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316695.001.0001

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Co-productive policy design

Co-productive policy design

(p.33) Chapter Three Co-productive policy design
Designing Public Policy For Co-Production

Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

Policy Press

Chapter Three explores the contrast to conventional policy design, developing a heuristic to consider co-production as a radical alternative. Co-production has become a ubiquitous term in contemporary policy, which builds on a rich, diverse and contested lineage of theory and experimentation. Advocating co-production rests on the recognition that there are complex problems that cannot be solved without governments, but that governments alone cannot solve. This chapter sets outs a heuristic which considers the vision–the valued outcomes pursued in co-production–and the grammar–the activities used in this pursuit. Whilst doing so, there is a recognition that co-production will not occur simply through espousing its theoretical benefits and considering its design. Grounded attempts to generate, exemplify and pre-figure co-productive policy design are therefore useful in meeting this daunting challenge.

Keywords:   policy design, design thinking, public services co production

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