Cooperation

Cooperation in the public sphere is a one-time joining of actors in order to advance a common interest that may result from sectoral goals the actors wish to promote.

Definition

Cooperation is an event in the public sphere in which two or more actors associate in order to advance a common interest.

Use

Cooperation in the public sphere is a one-time joining of actors in order to advance a common interest that may result from sectoral goals the actors wish to promote. Cooperation focuses on current issues and does not require a collective vision or the involvement of the key actors in the public sphere. In addition, cooperation does not require that the actors share information.

Cooperation is necessary for a socio-economic leapfrog but is not sufficient. A leapfrog requires partnership, a continuous relationship between the key actors in the public sphere designed to fulfill collective socio-economic interests.