How public leaders can promote public value through co-creation

Eva Sørensen, John Bryson, Barbara Crosby

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Governance researchers are increasingly interested in how co-creation can contribute to promoting public value in contemporary liberal democracies. While many have already argued for the potential benefits of employing co-creation in government strategies aiming to enhance public value, few have considered the implications of such a strategy for public leadership. Drawing on recent strands of theory on leadership and management, we specify how public leaders can use co-creation as a tool to achieve policy goals, and we illustrate this specification by showing how politicians and public and non-profit managers perform the public leadership of co-created public value in Gentofte, Denmark and Minneapolis‐St Paul, USA. The main proposition is that this kind of public leadership does not only involve a strategic effort to engage, inspire and mobilise actors with relevant governance assets ‐ including legitimacy, authority and capabilities ‐ but also to align their understandings of what is valuable for the public.
TidsskriftPolicy and Politics
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)267-286
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2021

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