Why Do the Public Participate in Community Regeneration Co-production? The Case of He Ping, Tianjin

Published date01 July 2023
AuthorZhang Xu’e,Wen Fenghua,Tang Zhengxia
Date01 July 2023
Subject MatterArticles
Administration & Society
2023, Vol. 55(6) 1144 –1170
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DOI: 10.1177/00953997231165996
Why Do the
Public Participate
in Community
Co-production? The Case
of He Ping, Tianjin
Zhang Xu’e1, Wen Fenghua1, and
Tang Zhengxia2
The public’s co-production behaviors are influenced by individual and
organizational factors. This article analyzes these factors using 2110
questionnaire data from He Ping, Tianjin. Results show that self-efficacy,
solidarity incentives, spiritual incentives and inclusive administrative culture
have a statistically significant positive correlation with public coproduction
behaviors, while the impact of material incentives is limited. In addition
to the nonlinear effect of age, middle-aged women, homeowners, middle-
income people, and the public with bachelor’s degree are more likely to
participate in community regeneration coproduction. The findings provide
theoretical and practical implications for the existing co-production theory
and public administration practitioners.
co-production, community regeneration, self-efficacy, solidarity incentives,
inclusive administrative culture
1School of Government, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing China
2Xichang University, Xichang, China
Corresponding Author:
Zhang Xu’e, School of Government, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing
100081, China.
Email: SDZ187953@163.com
1165996AAS0010.1177/00953997231165996Administration & SocietyXu’e et al.
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Since the global economic crisis in 2007, co-production theory has been
revived. Up to present, public administration scholars have not reached a
consensus on co-production definitions, but this also shows the vitality of
co-production theory. Co-production of this article refers to various activities
of state actors and lay actors to create value, especially public value, at any
stage in the public service cycle (Nabatchi et al., 2017). Co-production has
the advantages of mobilizing social resources, practicing democracy and effi-
ciency, which makes it play an important role in alleviating the growing
financial pressure and responding to wicked problems. Therefore, co-produc-
tion is widely used in community regeneration (Bovaird et al., 2019; Vanleene
et al., 2018), urban governance and policy planning (Galuszka, 2019), etc.,
which shows the bright future of it.
Public participation is the key to the theory and practices of co-production.
The current research indicates that public co-production behaviors are
affected by both individual and organizational factors. Individual factors
include self-efficacy (Bovaird et al., 2014; Parrado et al., 2013), material
incentives (Alonso et al., 2019), spiritual incentives (Alford, 2009), solidarity
incentives (Thijssen & Dooren, 2016), and socio-demographic factors
(Voorberg et al., 2018). Organizational factors include administrative culture,
working attitude of public servants and public service performance (Alonso
et al., 2019). Most of these studies are carried out in the form of single case
or multiple cases, and there are very few quantitative studies. Therefore, it is
necessary to investigate the factors affecting public co-production behaviors
at individual and organizational levels.
At present, community regeneration in China is a co-production among
state, society, and market forces (Liu et al., 2022). Compared with the prop-
erty-led urban regeneration in China, communities are no longer marginal-
ized or even excluded objects in decision systems of urban regeneration. And
the public also began to participate in community regeneration with a more
proactive attitude. So why do the public participate in community regenera-
tion co-production? Besides the influence of organizational factors, how
other factors affect the public co-production behaviors? Therefore, taking the
community regeneration practices in China as an example, this article sys-
tematically discusses the factors influencing the public co-production behav-
iors from the individual and organizational levels, with an expectation to
promote the knowledge accumulation of co-production and enrich the practi-
cal connotations of co-production theory in Chinese context.
The structure of this article is as follows. Based on a brief review on connota-
tions of co-production and community regeneration, section 2 systematically

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