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International Journal of Social Science and Human Behavior Study

The community cooperation as a co-production experience in public utilities provision An international perspective



In recent years, in many of the so-called advanced Countries, continuous attempts, especially in the provision of public services, have been promoted to introduce new models of public administration governance. In this process, a central aspect is related to the recovery of the users’ inclusion: this concept, initially studied with reference to the relationship between individuals and public providers, now is expanded toward the involvement of organizations with specific characteristics, many of which belonging to non-profit organizations (NPOs). The theory we refer to is the co-production theory that, starting from the first studies of the Nobel Prize Elinor Ostrom, is becoming central in the debate on the new relationships amidst State, market and civil society. Coproduction is not only a theoretical topic but is also evidenced by the spread of experiences for new solutions in the production and delivery of public services to the community. Particularly, the paper focuses on a recent Italian experience, named “community cooperative”, which is inserted into the tradition of Italian users’ co-ops but, at the same time, has unique characteristics. Aim of the paper is to analyze the peculiarities of this phenomenon, initially structured to cope with the depopulation of small towns and the creation of job opportunities, but now also used for the provision of public services. To this end, we will also introduce an international perspective through a comparison with similar experiences in other Countries, in order to highlight commonalities and differences.

No fo Author(s) : 2
Page(s) : 158 - 163
Electronic ISSN : 2374 - 1627
Volume 2 : Issue 2
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