Community Co-Production

Community Co-Production

Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities

Edited by Jane Farmer, Carol Hill and Sarah-Anne Muñoz

This book addresses a clutch of contemporary societal challenges including: aging demography and the consequent need for extended care in communities; public service provision in an era of retrenching welfare and global financial crises; service provision to rural communities that are increasingly ‘hollowed out’ through lack of working age people; and, how best to engender the development of community social enterprise organizations capable of providing high quality, accessible services. It is packed with information and evidence garnered from research into the environment for developing community social enterprise and co-producing services; how communities react to being asked to co-produce; what to expect in terms of the social enterprises they can produce; and, how to make them happen.


Jane Farmer, Carol Hill and Sarah-Anne Munoz

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, social entrepreneurship, economics and finance, development economics, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, social policy in emerging countries, urban and regional studies, regional studies, urban studies


Jane Farmer, Carol Hill and Sarah-Anne Muñoz Across Europe, citizens are being encouraged by the state to get involved in their neighbourhood activities, community groups and civic life; in public sector consultations and decision-making processes, and even in the delivery of services that once lay firmly within the domain of the public sector. Within and between the European Union’s (EU) nation states this emerging ‘civil society’ policy environment (Alcock, 2011) for service delivery is being played out in contextually specific ways. It is also occurring within the shared conditions of a global economic crisis, strained public sector budgets, varying degrees of civic unrest in relation to government cuts and a demographic shift resulting in increased proportions of older people in contemporary society. Against this backdrop, the Conservative–Liberal Coalition government in the United Kingdom (UK) has drawn upon the Conservative Party’s ‘Big Society’ agenda to promote local, needs-led service delivery via nonstate providers and encourage citizens to work towards the creation of ‘a society where people come together to solve problems and improve life for themselves and their communities; a society where the leading force for progress is social responsibility, not state control’ (Conservative Party, 2010:1). Elsewhere in the EU, citizens are similarly being asked to engage in activities that sit within the social economy with its long roots to voluntarism, philanthropy, co-operatives and organisations that use business practice to achieve social aims. For example, across Scandinavia social businesses are promoted as a means of combating social exclusion...