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Coproducing Urban Governance


  • Liz Richardson

    (Politics Department, University of Manchester, UK)

  • Catherine Durose

    (Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, UK)

  • Beth Perry

    (Urban Institute and Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, UK)


There are many critiques of existing forms of urban governance as not fit for purpose. However, what alternatives might look like is equally contested. Coproduction is proposed as a response to address complex wicked issues. Achieving coproduction is a highly complex and daunting task. Bottom up approaches to the initiation of coproduced governance are seen as fruitful, including exemplification of utopian alternatives though local practices. New ways of seeing the role of conflict in participation are needed, including ways to institutionalise agonistic participatory practices. Coproduction in governance drives demands for forms of knowledge production that are themselves coproductive. New urban governing spaces need to be coproduced through participative transformation requiring experimentation and innovation in re-designing urban knowledge architectures. Future research in this field is proposed which is nuanced, grounded in explicit weightings of different democratic values, and which mediates between recognition of contingency and the ability to undertake comparative analysis.

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  • Liz Richardson & Catherine Durose & Beth Perry, 2018. "Coproducing Urban Governance," Politics and Governance, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(1), pages 145-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:cog:poango:v:6:y:2018:i:1:p:145-149

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