Victor A. Pestoff earned his B.A. in political science from California State University at Long Beach; and defended his Ph.D. in political science at Stockholm University in 1977. He taught for nearly 20 years at Stockholm University, became docent at Helsinki University in 1985 and was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Economics in Kanazawa, Japan in 1998. He became full professor in political science at Södertörns högskola in 1999 and was appointed Professor of Political Science at Mid-Sweden University in Östersund in 2002. He became Professor Emeritus in 2008 and is now part-time Professor at the Institute for Civil Society Studies, Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently undertaking a comparative project on cooperative health and eldercare in Japan, together with Prof. Yayoi Saito, Osaka University and several other Japanese colleagues. He is also a founding member of the EMES Research Network on Social Enterprise.
Dr. Pestoff began his academic career by examining the relations between party systems, popular movements and voluntary organizations in three Nordic countries with his Ph.D. in 1977. For 35 years thereafter he explored the political and democratic aspects of voluntary organizations, cooperatives, third sector organizations and the social economy. He has published reports and articles on Swedish consumer organizations and consumer influence; many articles and two books on Swedish cooperative movements; articles and reports on Swedish business interests organizations; articles on the negotiated economy in Scandinavia, several articles and a book on the transformation of the public sector in Central and Eastern Europe, two books on the third sector and welfare state and two edited volumes on the co-production of public services. His latest books, A Democratic Architecture for the Welfare State (2008) and New Public Governance, the Third Sector and Co-Production (2012) appeared with Routledge. Many of his articles and books are translated to other languages.
1977: Voluntary Associations and Nordic Party Systems. A Study of Multiple Membership and Cross-Pressures in Finland, Norway and Sweden; Stockholm: Studies in Politics; ISBN: 978-91-628-7820-7.
1984: Konsumentinflytande och konsumentorganisering. Den svenska modellen; Stockholm Finansdept.: Ds Fi 1984:15; ISBN: 91-38-08541-0.
1988 & 1989: Näringslivsorganisationerna och politiken i Sverige; Stockholm: TCO, DDD; ISBN: 91-7168-367-4.
1991: Between Markets and Politics: Co-operatives in Sweden; Frankfurt & Bolder: Campus Verlag & Westview Press; ISBN: 3-593-34400-9/0-8133-8294-7 + 4-7710-0892-2.
1993: HIV/AIDS Directory – Organizations and Activities/ Handbok – Organisationer och aktiviteter; Stockholm: Dept. of Business Administration & Folkhälsoinstitutet (together with Dagmar v. Walden Laing); ISBN: 91-88564-01-0.
1995: (ed.) Reforming Social Services in Central and Eastern Europe – An Eleven Nation Overview; Krakow: Cracow Academy of Economics; ISBN: 83-903900-0-0.
1998: Beyond the Market and State. Social enterprises and civil democracy in a welfare society; Aldershot, Brookfield, Sidney & Singapore: Ashgate; ISBN: 1-84014-575-7 + 4-8188-1307-9.
2004 The development and future of the social economy in Sweden, in the Third Sector in Europe, A. Evers and J-L. Laville (eds), Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
2005 Globalization and Swedish Business Interests Associations in the 21st Century, in Governing Interests: Business association facing internationalization, W. Streeck, et al. (eds), London & New York: Routledge.
2006 & 2008 Citizens & Co-production of Welfare Services. Childcare in eight European countries; Ch. 2 in Co-production. The Third Sector & the Delivery of Public Services; Pestoff, V. & T. Brandsen (eds), Public Management Review, v. 8/4, reprinted in 2008, London & New York: Routledge and paperback in 2009. ISBN 10: 0-415-43963-9 & 13: 978-0-415-43963-3.
2008: A Democratic Architecture for the Welfare State; London & New York: Routledge; ISBN: 0-415-47595-2 (hbk), 0-203-88873-1 (ebk).
2009 Towards a Paradigm of Democratic Governance: Citizen Participation and Co-Production of Personal Social Services in Sweden, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economy; 80/2: 197-224.
2009 Public governance and the third sector: opportunities for co-production and innovation – (with T. Brandsen), The New Public Governance – New Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Public Governance, Osborne, S. (ed.), London & New York: Routledge.
2010 Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good – Conclusions; Ch. 26 in Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good; Osborne, S. & A. Ball (eds); London & New York: Routledge.
2011 The Winds of Change: The Consumer Cooperative Movement in Sweden & Cooperatives and Democracy in Scandinavia: The Case of Sweden, Nordic Civil Society at a Cross-Roads: Transforming the Popular Movement Tradition; Wijkström, F. & Zimmer, A. (eds) Nomos, Baden-Baden.
2012 Co-Production and Third Sector Social Services in Europe – Some Crucial conceptual issues, Ch. 2 & New Public Governance, Co-Production and Third Sector Services in Europe – Crowding in and crowding out, Ch. 19 in New Public Governance, Co-Production and Third Sector Services; Pestoff, V., T. Brandsen & B. Verscheure (eds.); London & New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-89713-6 (hbk), 978-0-203-15229-4 (ebk).
2012 Co-production and Third Sector Social Services in Europe: some concepts and evidence; Voluntas, 23/4: 1102-1118.
2013 Hybridity, Co-production and Third Sector Social Services in Europe; American Behavioral Scientist, 58/11: 1412-1424.
2014 Collective Action & the Sustainability of Co-Production; Public Management Review, 16/3: 383-401.
2014 Introduction (with Defourny, J. & L. Hulgård); Social Enterprise and the Third Sector. Changing European Landscapes in a Comparative Perspective; Hulgård, L., J. Defourny & V. Pestoff (eds); London & New York: Routledge.
2014 Social Enterprise and the Third Sector. Changing European Landscapes in a Comparative Perspective; J. Defourny, L. Hulgård & V. Pestoff (eds); London & New York: Routledge.
2014 Enriching Work Environment in the Welfare Service Sector: the Case of Social Enterprises in Swedish Childcare (with J. Vamstad); Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, 85/3: 353-370.
2016 Participatory Governance in Social Enterprise (with L. Hulgård); Voluntas, 27/4:1742-1759. DOI 10.1007/s11266-015-9662-3.
2016 Democratic Innovations. Exploring Synergies between Three Key Post–NPM Concepts in Public Sector Reforms; Ch. 15 in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises: Nordic Perspectives; L. Lundgaard Andersen, M. Gawell & R. Spear (eds), 251-270; London & New York: Routledge, eISBN: 9781315621982.
2016 Consumer and service co-operatives as economic membership associations; Ch. 21 in Palgrave Research Handbook of Volunteering and Nonprofit Associations; D.H. Smith, J Grotz & R. Stebbings (eds); New York & London: Palgrave.
2017 Social and Political Dimensions of Cooperative Enterprises, Ch. 5 in Handbook of Co-operative and Mutual Business; J. Michie, J. Blasi & C. Borzaga (eds); Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2018 Co-production at the Crossroads of Public Administration Regimes?; Ch. 4 in Co-production and Co-creation: Engaging Citizens in Public Services; T. Brandsen, T. Steen & B. Verschuere (eds); London & New York: Routledge.
2018 Co-production and Public Service Management: Citizenship, Governance and Public Service Management.; London & New York, ISBN: 9780815395041.