CONSUMERS AS COPRODUCERS OF PUBLIC SERVICES: SOME ECONOMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

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    This paper results from regular discussion among the several authors that have extended over the past 2 years. Parks took responsibility for getting these ideas on paper at this time. The remaining authors are listed in alphabetic order for convenience. Our discussions and the preparation of this paper have been supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF GI-43949 and NSF SES-79-13397), the National Institute of Mental Health (5T32-MH-15222-02), and the National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AY-0086). The support of these agencies is gratefully acknowledged.

ABSTRACT

The concept of coproduction of public services has captured increased attention as a potential means of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of local government. In this article we explore the concept of coproduction in an effort to sharpen the definition of that concept and add rigor to our understanding of the effects of coproduction in local service delivery and the processes by which coproductive activity occurs.

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