How Co-Production Regulates

Martin Innes*, Bethan Davies, Morag McDermont

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This article examines how and why regulatory influences tend to embed within the practices of co-production. Informed by empirical data derived from semi-structured interviews conducted with a sample of experts in co-production, the analysis seeks to illuminate some of the ‘soft’ and ‘interactive’ forms of regulatory work that are performed. In so doing, the discussion provides a ‘lightly’ critical reading of co-production and draws in Erving Goffman’s hitherto neglected use of the concept of regulation. Framed by this work, a distinction is drawn between the regulation of co-production and regulation by co-production. The analysis contributes to a growing literature on some of the subtle and sophisticated ways in which regulation is being conducted in contemporary societies and how these contribute to the governance of social order more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-391
Number of pages22
JournalSocial and Legal Studies
Issue number3
Early online date23 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Co-production
  • governance
  • regulation


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