Co-creation: the new kid on the block in public governance

Jacob Torfing, Christopher Ansell

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Abstract

This article has three objectives. The first is to show that while co-production was originally tied to service production, co-creation has broader applications in the field of public governance and involves a broader range of actors and activities. The second objective is to demonstrate how the co-creation concept both builds on and extends the concept of collaborative governance, thus adding new dimensions to an already well-established literature. The final objective is to show how a strategic turn to co-creation introduces a new type of ‘generative governance’ aimed at solving complex problems by constructing platforms enabling the formation of arenas for co-creation that bring together a plethora of public and private actors, including citizens, in creative problem-solving processes. The three objectives are achieved through prospective theoretical analysis aimed at providing a conceptual foundation for analysing cutting-edge societal developments that are not yet commonplace.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy and Politics
Volume49
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)211-230
Number of pages20
ISSN0305-5736
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Important note from the publisher regarding the attached version of the article: "This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy and Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Torfing, J & Ansell, C 2021, 'Co-creation: the new kid on the block in public governance', Policy and Politics, bind 49, nr. 2, s. 211-230. is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557321X16115951196045"

Keywords

  • problem solving
  • theoretical analysis
  • collaborative governance
  • Public governance
  • co-creation
  • generativitya
  • public administration
  • co-production
  • public services
  • digital platforms

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