With and beyond the state – co-production as a route to political influence, power and transformation for grassroots organizations.
This paper reviews the use of co-production – with state and citizens working together – as a grassroots strategy to secure political influence and access resources and services. To date, the literature on social movements has concentrated on more explicitly political strategies used by such movements to contest for power and influence. Co-production, when considered, is viewed as a strategy used by citizens and the state to extend access to basic services with relatively little consideration given to its wider political ramifications. However, co-production is used increasingly by grassroots organizations and federations as part of an explicit political strategy. This paper examines the use of coproductive strategies by citizen groups and social movement organizations to enable individual members and their associations to secure effective relations with state institutions that address both immediate basic needs and enable them to negotiate for greater benefits.
Environment and urbanization (2008) 20 (2) 339-360 [doi: 10.1177/0956247808096117]