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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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Debating co-productive policy design

Debating co-productive policy design

(p.177) Chapter Four Debating co-productive policy design
Designing Public Policy For Co-Production

Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

Policy Press

A combination of theory and practice are used in Chapter Four to challenge, deepen and develop our theorising. The chapter discusses some of the tough questions and dilemmas raised by the conversation between the opening chapters and the contributions from practitioners, policy-makers, activists and engaged scholars. The chapter reinforces the need for change in conventional policy design, but what is clearly articulated is the growing questioning of the limitations, appropriateness and sustainability of the conventional policy process from in and outside. Nevertheless, the scope for change is constrained by the difficulties of establishing new ways of doing, regardless of the level of commitment to the ideas. Even recognising the agency and efficacy of those up for the challenge, co-production remains a ‘daunting’ ambition. The theorising and empirical insights in this book show us that we should remain hopeful about the prospect for change.

Keywords:   policy design, design thinking, theory and practice, public services co production

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