Law and co-production: The importance of citizenship values

Anthony M. Bertelli, Silvia Cannas

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Despite numerous attempts to define the core traits of co-production, it remains an heterogeneous concept. Building upon existing literature, we engage in legal reasoning to identify the co-producer, especially in those cases where she does not directly benefit from the service being co-produced. Introducing and relying on the concept of proximity, we argue that co-production should be centred in an administrative citizenship, which associates residence within a community with a set of rights and duties towards the public administration. Among those obligations, participation in co-production is a pathway towards active citizenship. We justify why co-production can be non-voluntary, or compelled by law to realise public interests. Yet we caution that co-production as a management scheme requires flexibility, and embedding it too strictly within a legal framework can diminish its effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030537050
ISBN (Print)9783030537043
StatePublished - Nov 23 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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