Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy


The growing interest in co-production of public services reflects the need to liberate from the dichotomy between state and market provision. Whereas the concept of co-production is not new, it gained broader recognition among public administration scholars in recent years. What is characteristic for the academic discourse on this idea, is a strong focus on the benefits of co-production such as effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness and quality of public services. This article provides more critical insight into co-production of public security by exploring the phenomenon of vigilantism in South Africa. The major aim of this article is to examine the major reasons for the expansion of vigilantism in this country and to specify the key risks associated with this process.