When municipalities lead co-production: lessons from a Danish case study

Anne Tortzen

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This article explores the role played by municipalities as ‘key leaders’ in co-production processes initiated by local governments. The aim is to produce new insights into the challenges faced by public agencies leading co-production processes in practice. Drawing on an analytical framework derived from research in governance and leadership, the paper analyses a critical case of co-production in the Danish Municipality of Holbæk. The main focus is on exploring how leadership interventions are enacted by civil servants and politicians, and how these shape the co-production process. The analysis points to the significant role played by municipalities as hands-off leaders of co-production processes, and identifies leadership dynamics which merit further exploration.
Translated title of the contributionNår kommuner leder samskabelse - læring fra et dansk casestudie
Original languageEnglish
JournalKunnallistieteellinen aikakauskirja
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)292-308
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2015

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