Towards a multi-actor theory of public value co-creation

John M Bryson, Alessandro Sancino, John Benington, Eva Sørensen

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This essay suggests changes to the theory of public value and, in particular, the strategic triangle framework, in order to adapt it to an emerging world where policy makers and managers in the public, private, voluntary and informal community sectors have to somehow separately and jointly create public value. One set of possible changes concerns what might be in the centre of the strategic triangle besides the public manager. Additional suggestions are made concerning how multiple actors, levels, arenas and/or spheres of action, and logics might be accommodated. Finally, possibilities are outlined for how the strategic triangle might be adapted to complex policy fields in which there are multiple, often conflicting organizations, interests and agendas. In other words, how might politics be more explicitly accommodated. The essay concludes with a number of research suggestions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-654
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 28 2017

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  • Public value
  • co-production
  • multi-actor
  • strategic triangle


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