Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Introduction: social innovation at the crossroads between science, economy and society
As the general introduction and many chapters in this handbook show, social innovation is in vogue. Up until some years ago, the very idea of social innovation was, at best, seen as a part of the organizational changes necessary for implementing technological innovations or, at worst, virtually unheard of. However, of late there has been a proliferation of literature that refers to social innovation. Public institutions at all levels (international, national, regional and local) are launching new programs to promote social innovations, alongside organizations in support of these efforts and studies that describe and explain them. What is all the buzz about? The failings and inconsistencies of the neoliberal growth model that has prevailed worldwide since the 1980s are certainly a key factor. However, such a proliferation of discourse and works on social innovation shows the absence of an integrative framework and a great diversity of approaches.
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