The Economics of Social Innovation
This book addresses ‘the economics of social innovation’, a widely neglected topic in regional development. The chapters in this edited volume cover distinct but complementary and related aspects concerning the existing gap between the hitherto unexploited potential of social innovation in relation to socio-economic challenges that regions across Europe and globally face.
Research on social innovation has gained momentum over the last decade, spurred notably by the growing interest in social issues related to policy making, public management and entrepreneurship in response to the grand challenges societies in Europe and worldwide face. Accelerated by the normative turn in research and innovation policies towards ‘missions’, social innovation is nowadays a central element on policy agendas, from the urban and regional level to the national and subnational level of the European Commission and the OECD. However, for social innovations to unfold their full potential a better understanding of underlying mechanisms, processes and impacts is necessary.
The first three chapters focus on framework conditions and characteristics of social innovation. The following two chapters emphasise the determinants of social innovation and translocal empowerment. In the last part, attention is devoted to social innovation in specific fields such as health care and greening society, and social innovations’ transformative potential.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, European Planning Studies.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Bridging local embeddedness and global dynamics – the economics of social innovation
Judith Terstriep and Dieter Rehfeld
- Context dependency of social innovation: in search of new sustainability models
Alessandro Deserti and Francesca Rizzo
- Favourable social innovation ecosystem(s)? – An explorative approach
Judith Terstriep, Dieter Rehfeld and Maria Kleverbeck
- Social Innovation Regime: an integrated approach to measure social innovation
Alfonso Unceta, Álvaro Luna, Javier Castro Spila and René Wintjes
- Emergence and diffusion of social innovation through practice fields
Maria Rabadjieva and Anna Butzin
- Understanding the determinants of social innovation in Europe: an econometric approach
- Translocal empowerment in transformative social innovation networks
Flor Avelino, Adina Dumitru, Carla Cipolla, Iris Kunze and Julia Wittmayer
- Applying the concept of social innovation to population- based healthcare
- Monitoring inclusive urban development alongside a human rights approach on participation opportunities
Jennifer Eckhardt, Christoph Kaletka and Bastian Pelka
- Transition through design: enabling innovation via empowered ecosystems
Tamami Komatsu Cipriani, Christoph Kaletka and Bastian Pelka
- Green social innovation – towards a typology
Doris Schartinger, Dieter Rehfeld, Matthias Weber and Wolfram Rhomberg