The International Handbook on Social Innovation Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 11: Theorizing multi-level governance in social innovation dynamics
Governance objectives and mechanisms have been changing in European cities in the last 20 years. This has served to maintain cities’ competitive advantage, but also to preserve existing social models. Transformations in governance have implied both a state reorganization in multi-layered systems of policy-making and policy delivery (i.e. welfare and social care) and the opening up of the policy process to the input of non-state market and civil society actors (Brenner 2004; Jessop 2004; Kazepov 2010). In this changing framework it is possible to develop social innovation by public, private and civil-society actors as they find more space for intervening in the design and implementation of urban policies. They are supposed to find more room for manoeuvre given the higher degree of decentralization and the openness of decision-making processes to non-state actors. This chapter examines the relation between social innovation and governance focusing on how socially creative strategies can transform governance mechanisms and at the same time be influenced by them.
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