Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Chapter 28: The Québec Model: a social innovation system founded on cooperation and consensus building
The aim of this chapter is to present the contribution of social innovations to social transformation with a concrete example, the ‘Québec Model’. Let us recall that Québec is part of Canada, a confederation formed of a central government and provincial governments, and that in many respects, the province of Québec constitutes a ‘distinct society’. Québec stands apart because of its culture (language and religion) and its economic development model. Québec economic structure relies on an economic and social arrangement of private companies, major public corporations and social economy based businesses. The Québec case is a good example of a configuration in which social cohesion relies on important social innovations that have occurred since the 1960s. Social innovation takes place in the context of rationales and strategies for establishing links between individuals and communities, and among communities with each other.
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