Public governance: a fresh perspective on collaborative innovation

Prof. Christopher Ansell (Berkeley University) is strongly inspired by Pragmatism. His current research focuses on the collaboration of public and private institutions to govern unruly public problems and promote social innovation. In his last Co-creation: the new kid on the block in public governance, Ansell together with Prof. Jacob Torfing (Roskilde University) puts under the radar keywords as e-government, collaborative innovation with 3 objectives achieved through prospective theoretical analysis, aimed at providing a conceptual foundation for analyzing cutting-edge societal developments.

  • to show that while co-production was originally tied to service production, co-creation has broader applications in the field of public governance and involves a broader range of actors and activities.
  • to demonstrate how the co-creation concept both builds on and extends the concept of collaborative governance, thus adding new dimensions to already well-established literature.
  • to show how a strategic turn to co-creation introduces a new type of ‘generative governance’ aimed at solving complex problems by constructing platforms enabling the formation of arenas for co-creation that bring together a plethora of public and private actors, including citizens, in creative problem-solving processes.

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Use Case

Reggio Emilia Italy

Italian use case

The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance together with the Agency for Digital Italy will leverage the Interlink platform and its components to co-create a new module with Reggio Emilia city for a Joint Strategic Planning between central and local Public Bodies.


Latvian use case

The goal of the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Customer Service Centers’ use case is to test sharing service delivery with third parties to improve public services.

Zaragoza city

Spanish use case

Zaragoza will adopt the Interlink governance framework to widen Open Innovation within the city. The framework and set of enablers made available within Interlink will provide holistic support for sustainable Open Innovation in the co-creation and co-delivery of services.