Social Innovation as Political Transformation
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Social Innovation as Political Transformation

Thoughts for a Better World

Edited by Pieter Van den Broeck, Abid Mehmood, Angeliki Paidakaki and Constanza Parra

This book is an introduction to the works of a collective of academics on social innovation and socio-political transformation. It offers a critique of the dominance of market-based logics and extractivism in the age of neoliberalism. Calling for systemic change, the authors invite the reader to engage in the analysis and practice of socially innovative initiatives and, by doing so, contribute to the co-construction of a sustainable, solidarity-based and regenerative society.
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Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum


This chapter identifies solidarity as a critical but neglected mode of governance, defining it as unconditional solidarities based on identification with a (real or imagined) community. Taking solidarity seriously is essential in defining and constituting the social economy, its agents, and its dynamics and vital for a holistic approach to governance. But it is also an important component of metagovernance (the governance of governance) and, in this context, provides an explicit normative dimension to past and present debates on governance, which are too often primarily instrumental, technocratic, or responsive to top-down government agendas. These issues are reflected in the correlation between different accumulation regimes and their modes of governance at different scales as well as efforts to secure their multi-scalar or multispatial metagovernance. The analysis also explores the relevance of solidarity to the social economy, social innovation, social cohesion, community development, and the empowerment of networks for democratic planning.

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