Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector – New Perspectives on the Role of Citizens?

Annika Agger, Dorthe Hedensted Lund



Collaborative innovation in the public sector is increasingly being used as a potential strategy for balancing citizens rising expectations to public services and limited public resources. The article claims that public polices construct citizens, as clients, consumers, or co –producers and thereby encourage or discourage certain behaviours with different potential contributions to innovation. The article conceptualize a new role that of citizens’ as co-innovators and offers an analytical model that can be used in future studies of how public managers can act as civic enablers by creating different opportunity spaces for creating public innovation according to the applied citizen role.

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413