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Marisol García Cabeza and Lídia García Ferrando

This chapter shows examples of social innovation to overcome social exclusion in the industrial city of Zaragoza as an illustration of other cases of cities in southern Europe. It begins by contextualising the multi-level governance model and the local welfare model in which social innovation occurs. The chapter then emphasises the capacity of the local administration, the private sector and civil society to arrive at instances of horizontal consensus. This governance model takes into account the demands of neighbourhood communities since the 1970s. The analysis then focuses on social innovation initiatives and projects in the areas of employment, participation and resources. We look at projects with a solid bottom-linked relationship with the various departments of the local welfare administration, as well as at new projects that offer alternative avenues for cooperation with the public sector.

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Theorizing multi-level governance in social innovation dynamics

Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research

Marc Pradel Miquel, Marisol García Cabeza and Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada

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Social Innovation and Urban Governance

Citizenship, Civil Society and Social Movements

Edited by Marc Pradel-Miquel, Ana B. Cano-Hila and Marisol García Cabeza

Presenting social innovation initiatives that emerged from organized citizenry in Southern European cities, this book explores the response to austerity policies implemented after the 2008 economic crisis. Chapters look at the common aim of these initiatives in responding to social needs and challenging social exclusion.
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Edited by Marc Pradel-Miquel, Ana B. Cano-Hila and Marisol García Cabeza

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Marisol García Cabeza, Ana Belén Cano-Hila and Marc Pradel-Miquel

This introductory chapter provides the analytical framework to explain social innovation in Spanish cities as an illustration of similar practices in other Southern European cities. It sets the scene for the empirical analysis of the role of civil society and social movements in local governance of social innovation. Southern European countries share key characteristics of their local welfare systems and have similar institutional contexts in which social innovation gets incorporated in their cities. The austerity programmes after the 2008 crisis negatively affected social policy in these countries. The new local governance of policies against social exclusion integrated new actors from civil society. Austerity occasioned a new wave of social movements of citizens who came up with new social and political perspectives to address social problems. The analyses show the relevance of bottom-linked innovation in governance.