Co-production in the Public Sector

Experiences and Challenges

  • Mariagrazia Fugini
  • Enrico Bracci
  • Mariafrancesca Sicilia

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Enrico Bracci, Mariagrazia Fugini, Mariafrancesca Sicilia
    Pages 1-11
  3. Carmela Barbera, Mariafrancesca Sicilia, Ileana Steccolini
    Pages 27-39
  4. Gaia Bassani, Cristiana Cattaneo, Giovanna Galizzi
    Pages 59-76
  5. Silvia Gilardi, Chiara Guglielmetti, Marta Marsilio, Maddalena Sorrentino
    Pages 77-95
  6. Mariagrazia Fugini, Mahsa Teimourikia
    Pages 119-139

About this book


This book examines the various ways in which co-production can contribute to the creation, design, and delivery of public services, namely by engaging the expertise of users and their networks, by promoting public services that are better targeted and more responsive to users, by cutting costs against the background of austerity in public finance, by creating a synergy between government and civil society that will impact positively on social capital, and by addressing the challenges resulting from growing democratic and citizenship deficits. Particular attention is paid to local government and the health and social care sector. After definition of the concept of co-production, the critical issues which arise when public services are co-produced are discussed. Various experiences of co-production are presented and analyzed with a view to highlighting why, how, and with what effect public service co-production may be implemented. Individual chapters focus on the impact of co-production in making cities smarter and the use of ICT in supporting co-production of public services. The book will be of relevance to a wide readership, from students to academics and professionals interested or engaged in public service management.


Healthcare Co-production Participatory Budgeting Public Service Co-production Social Care Co-production Public Governance Paradigm Participatory Budgeting E-Government Public Services Inter-Organizational Collaboration Smart Cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariagrazia Fugini
    • 1
  • Enrico Bracci
    • 2
  • Mariafrancesca Sicilia
    • 3
  1. 1.Dep. of Electronics, Info. and Bioengg.Polytechnic of MilanMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Department of Management, EconomicsUniversity of BergamoBergamoItaly

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