Mopan Multi-party collaboration location:Keele University date:28-30 June 2010
In today’s world, there is an increase in the number and diversity of public consultation arrangements in policy making. In some instances societal parties are actually coproducing policy, together with government officials and or policy makers. As coproductive policy making appears to bring higher costs than traditional policy making, it is necessary to look at both potential costs and benefits of such processes. To what extent are new and innovative ideas developed? To what extent are societal stakeholders more supportive of policy? To what extent are new networks being shaped that make for more effective and efficient policy implementation? And what are additional costs in such processes? Based on theoretical notions inspired by the literature on interactive governance and participatory and deliberative democracy, and combined with a user-based approach, focusing on user perception and satisfaction, we will start to develop a conceptual model. We will finish with some more methodological reflections on evaluating processes of coproduction.