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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Marisol García and Marc Pradel


The concept bottom-linked in the context of social innovation recognizes not only the centrality of social initiatives taken by those immediately concerned with specific social needs, but also the need for the support of institutions that enable and sustain such initiatives through sound, regulated and lasting practices (Pradel et al., 2013). The bottom-linked approach is a manifestation of two types of governance practices that occur among social actors: on the one hand the internal governance mechanisms within their organization, on the other the external governance mechanisms they establish with other organizations and with institutions. If an agreement of cooperation is reached the support from institution(s) to specific project(s) may help the innovation to become more sustainable as demonstrated in the majority of studies (Moulaert et al., 2013). This chapter briefly expands an approach already envisaged by Frank Moulaert (2000) in the Integrated Area Development Approach.

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