CITIZEN COPRODUCTION AS A MODE OF PARTICIPATION: CONJECTURES AND MODELS

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  • *This paper was supported by a grant (PHS T32-MH-15222) from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. That support is gratefully acknowledged. The conclusions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of the ideas in this paper derive from ongoing discussions with Roger Parks, Elinor Ostrom, Stephen Percy, Paula Baker, Ron Oakerson, and Larry Kiser. Also, valuable support was provided by Marsha Porter, Patty Smith, and Teresa Therrien.

Abstract

With cutbacks in local service delivery budgets, attention has focused on how best to maintain current levels of services without increases in taxation. One alternative focuses on the concept of coproduction-where citizens provide factor inputs to the production of services. This paper analyzes the concept of coproduction, arguing it has a valuable role not only as an alternative production mode, but as a participatory behavior.

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