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Record number 558125
Title The politics of co-production: participation, power, and transformation
Author(s) Turnhout, E.; Metze, T.A.P.; Wyborn, Carina; Klenk, Nicole; Louder, Elena
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 42 (2020). - ISSN 1877-3435 - p. 15 - 21.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2019.11.009
Department(s) WASS
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Public Administration and Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Abstract Literature on co-production is booming. Yet, most literature is aspirational and methodological in nature, focusing on why co-production is important for environmental governance and knowledge production and how it should be done, and does not address the question why these processes often fail to achieve stated objectives of empowerment and societal transformation. In this review, we address this gap by reviewing literature on the political and power dimensions of co-production. Our review shows how depoliticization dynamics in co-production reinforce rather than mitigate existing unequal power relations and how they prevent wider societal transformation from taking place. Drawing on literature about participation, deliberative governance, and democracy, the review concludes by emphasizing the importance of (re)politicizing co-production by allowing for pluralism and for the contestation of knowledge.
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