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Research: Co-production Practice

Inside co-production: ruling, resistance, and practice
Social Policy and Administration Special Issue: 53:2, March 2019
Mark Bevir, Catherine Needham, Justin Waring (eds)

It might be argued that a narrative of co-production has come to redefine contemporary social and public policy. It is found in the co-design of local public services and the co-formulation of care services. The narrative implies certain beliefs about the deficiencies in unilateral or siloed working to address complex issues about stakeholder exclusion and persistent power and status inequalities between citizens and professionals.

This special issue considers the challenges and tensions of co-production in practice, and the insights that have been gained in a range of contexts.


Co‐production in the epidemiological clinic: A decentred analysis of the tensions in community‐based, client‐facing risk work: Nicola Gale, Patrick Brown, Manbinder Sidhu

Inside co‐production: Stakeholder meaning and situated practice: Amanda Crompton

The challenge of inclusive coproduction: The importance of situated rituals and emotional inclusivity in the coproduction of health research projects: Jenelle Clarke, Justin Waring, Stephen Timmons

Co‐production, governance and practice: The dynamics and effects of User Voice Prison Councils: Beth Weaver

Moving towards hybridity in causal explanation: The example of citizen participation: Liz Richardson, Catherine Durose, Beth Perry

Ethnographic insights into competing forms of co‐production: A case study of the politics of street trees in a northern English city: Matthew Flinders, Matthew Wood

Coproduction and the third sector in France: Governmental traditions and the French conceptualization of participation: Catlin McMullin

Participatory research meets validated outcome measures: Tensions in the co‐production of social care evaluation: Mark Bevir, Catherine Needham, Justin Waring

Keywords: co-production, co-research, tensions, challenges, social care

Contributed by: Catherine Needham, University of Birmingham




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