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


This chapter covers the question about how knowledge on governance and social innovation have become part and parcel of the study of socio-ecological development. It starts by recalling the contribution of Old Institutionalism and how this inspired work on territorial development and social sustainability. Second, it looks at current work aiming at rescuing the social, political and cultural components of sustainability, resilience and socio-ecological development. Third, it depicts socially innovative research agendas for future research.

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