Co-production as Innovation in Public Services |

Co-production as Innovation in Public Services


The talk would discuss divergent definitions of innovation. Traditional definitions employed by economists for industry and manufacture do not fit well with public service provision, in particular with enduring social services. The OECD considers co-production an important social innovation. Prof Pestoff would be presenting some definitions of co-production, then discusses the relationship between staff and their clients, and asks whether co-production is based on individual acts, collective action or both. It introduces three different public administration regimes and then briefly discusses several factors that contribute to making co-production more sustainable. In conclusion, governments should develop more flexible, service specific and organization specific approaches for promoting co-production, rather than looking for simple “one size fits all” solutions to the challenges facing public service delivery, particularly of enduring welfare services.


Prof Victor Pestoff­, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Civil Society Studies, Ersta Skondal University College

Thursday, 16 January 2014
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 1-1
Li Ka Shing Building
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending at to avoid disappointment.

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