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The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation

Hambleton, Robin


© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper discusses the role of place-based leadership in stimulating the co-creation of inclusive public services and outcomes. A conceptual framework, designed to illuminate the forces shaping the power of place, and to provide a fresh way of envisaging the changing nature of modern local leadership and public management, is presented. This New Civic Leadership (NCL) framework, one that can be contrasted with the outdated idea of New Public Management (NPM), is being used to guide the development of the One City Approach to urban governance in Bristol, UK. This effort to unite public purpose in a city is discussed, and emerging themes relating to the role of place-based leadership in spurring new ways of co-creating public service futures are explored. IMPACT: This paper on New Civic Leadership (NCL) presents specific ideas on how to improve the leadership of collaborative governance in cities and localities. It explains how the power of place—the strong feelings of commitment people have to ‘their’ city or locality—has been seriously neglected in public management theory and practice. The NCL conceptual model is being used by the mayor of Bristol, and other civic leaders to develop a One City Approach to meeting the complex challenges facing the city. This paper provides practical steps that civic leaders can take to improve collaborative governance.


Hambleton, R. (2019). The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation. Public Money and Management, 39(4), 271-279.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 27, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 11, 2019
Publication Date May 19, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2020
Journal Public Money and Management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 4
Pages 271-279
Keywords co-creation, collaborative governance, innovation in public management, leadership, local governance, New Civic Leadership (NCL), place
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Money & Management on 11th April 2019, available online:


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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Public Money and Management. [Hambleton, R. (2019). The New Civic Leadership: Place and the co-creation of public innovation. Public Money and Management, 39(4), 271-279.]. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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