Perspectives on User-Driven Innovation in Public Sector Services
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Luise Li Langergaard
The chapter presents and discusses how we can conceptualize user
involvement in the public sector, as well as users, in very different ways: As consumers,
co-producers, lead users or citizens. One important question which is subsequently
discussed, is what such different conceptualizations imply for citizenship understood in
more traditional terms, i.e. defined by political deliberation and rights. This question is
important because conceptualizations of users imply certain ideas about the public
sector, state and society, which have political implications as well as implications for
our understanding of citizenship. Thus, we need to be aware of what different
perspectives of user involvement imply for citizenship and collaborative innovation in
the public sector. The chapter is based on a literature study and uses an empirical case
as an example to illustrate and discuss differences in democratic implications of
different user conceptions. The chapter concludes that we need an increased awareness
of how to work with the different user conceptions in collaborative innovation practices,
and argues that is important to also include the concept of the welfare state citizen with
rights, as none of the other user conceptions are explicit about rights.
Citizenship, citizen-consumer, client, collaborative innovation, coproducer,
democracy, lead user, participation, rights, welfare state.
The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark.