Law and Co-production: The Importance of Citizenship Values

Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2019

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Anthony M. Bertelli

Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics; Pennsylvania State University

Silvia Cannas

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy

Date Written: November 12, 2019

Abstract

Despite numerous attempts to define the core traits of co-production, it remains an heterogeneous concept. Building upon the 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 centered in an administrative citizenship, which associates the residency within a community with a set of rights and duties towards the public administration. Among those obligations, participation in co-production is a pathway toward active citizenship. We justify why co-production can be non-voluntary, or compelled by law to realize 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.

Keywords: co-production, law, common law, civil law, public administration, public service delivery

Suggested Citation

Bertelli, Anthony M. and Cannas, Silvia, Law and Co-production: The Importance of Citizenship Values (November 12, 2019). Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3485598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3485598

Anthony M. Bertelli (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
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Pennsylvania State University ( email )

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United States

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Silvia Cannas

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy ( email )

Via Roberto Sarfatti, 25, 20100
Milano MI, Itália
Italy

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