Designing public policy for co-production: Theory, practice and change

Monday, 14th March 2016, Edinburgh 

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What Works Scotland and the Scottish Co-Production Network are delighted to invite you to the launch of the book ‘Designing public policy for co-production: Theory, practice and change', by Catherine Durose (University of Birmingham) and Liz Richardson (University of Manchester).

This important book is a response to crises of public policy. Offering an original contribution to a growing debate, the authors argue that traditional technocratic ways of designing policy are inadequate to cope with increasingly complex challenges, and suggest co-production as a more democratic alternative. Drawing on 12 compelling international contributions from practitioners, policy makers, activists and actively engaged academics, ideas of power are used to explore how genuine democratic involvement in the policy process from those outside the elites of politics can shape society for the better.

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The event will feature author Dr Catherine Durose, one of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners working on public policy and co-production in the UK. Catherine is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies, and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, School of Government and Society (University of Birmingham)

The event will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (What Works Scotland @ University of Edinburgh) and will feature reflections on the book from two ‘keynote readers' from the public and third sectors:

  • Hilda Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, COPE Scotland
  • Elinor Mitchell, Head of the Public Service Reform Division, Scottish Government

Attendance is free (courtesy of What Works Scotland) but spaces are limited. Please book your place by registering (above). Beverages will be served from 3.45pm with the event starting at 4pm. Further beverages will be available at 5.30pm for networking opportunities at the end of the formal programme

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More details about the book available here.