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Crossing the Great Divide: Ostrom’s Coproduction and the Economics of Aged Care

Siobhan Austen () and Therese Jefferson ()

Feminist Economics, 2019, vol. 25, issue 3, 48-69

Abstract: As the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics, Elinor Ostrom has attracted the interest of many feminist economists. Best known for her work on common pool resources, Ostrom made numerous theoretical and methodological contributions to economics, many of which are useful for feminist economists. This paper explores Ostrom’s work on coproduction: the active participation of individuals who receive a good or service in the production process. A particular focus is on how Ostrom’s model of coproduction might be applied and extended to capture the characteristics and circumstances of aged care. Data from interviews with women employed in Australia’s aged-care sector are used to inform a discussion of coproduction in aged care and the institutional supports necessary for successful outcomes. Key issues include the skills and resourcing of aged-care workers, and their authority to negotiate care practice with care recipients under current governance arrangements.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2019.1566751

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