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Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation


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Over the last decades, in parallel to major changes towards privatization in the welfare regimes of advanced industrialized countries, social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship have gradually become "à la mode". They are interpreted in policy documents in market-economic terms, making social enterprises a valuable partner for policy makers looking for innovative ways of addressing social and societal problems, among which bringing the excluded back into society and increasing social cohesion. However, balancing active citizenship and empowerment, on the one hand, and market-based social service delivery and innovation in a sustainable manner, on the other, represents a daunting challenge.

In this context, social innovation is conceived as creative solutions to existing wicked social problems, at the level of both concrete outcome and process; and social enterprises are heralded as vehicles for such societal improvement. However, beyond the superficial approaches to social innovation, its relationship with social enterprises and social entrepreneurship remains to be better understood and systematized. Therefore, the series invites contributions that are committed to understanding the complexity of these transformations by engaging in new dialogues within and among all regions of the world, each with its specific historical, cultural, social and political contexts, as well as among disciplines, as these evolutions must be tackled in their multi-dimensional nature.

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People Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm

People Centered Social Innovation: Global Perspectives on an Emerging Paradigm

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Swati Banerjee, Stephen Carney, Lars Hulgard
July 19, 2019

Social Innovation is emerging as an alternate interdisciplinary development pathway of knowledge and practice that aims to understand and address contemporary complexities and multi – dimensional social realities. BEPA (2011) defines social innovation as, ‘innovations that are social in both their...

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ralph Richter, Matthias Fink, Richard Lang, Daniela Maresch
July 18, 2019

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe investigates how social entrepreneurship advances social innovation in rural Europe and contributes to fighting social and economic challenges in these regions. Based on longitudinal data collected in four European countries, this book...

Social Enterprise in Latin America: Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Latin America: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Luiz Inácio Gaiger, Marthe Nyssens, Fernanda Wanderley
June 11, 2019

In the absence of a widely accepted and common definition of social enterprise (SE), a large research project, the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models" (ICSEM) Project, was carried out over a five-year period; it involved more than 200 researchers from 55 countries and relied on...

Social Enterprise in Asia: Theory, Models and Practice

Social Enterprise in Asia: Theory, Models and Practice

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Eric Bidet, Jacques Defourny
June 11, 2019

In the absence of a widely accepted and common definition of social enterprise (SE), a large research project, the "International Comparative Social Enterprise Models" (ICSEM) Project, was carried out over a five-year period; it involved more than 200 researchers from 55 countries and relied on...

Theory for Social Enterprise and Pluralism: Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South

Theory for Social Enterprise and Pluralism: Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Philippe Eynaud, Jean-Louis Laville, Luciane dos Santos, Swati Banerjee, Flor Avelino, Lars Hulgård
June 07, 2019

In the past decades, social enterprise has been an emerging field of research. Its main frameworks have been provided by Occidental approaches. Mainly based on an organizational vision, they give little or no room to questions such as gender, race, colonialism, class, power relations and...

Social Innovation [Open Access]: Comparative Perspectives

Social Innovation [Open Access]: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Helmut Anheier, Gorgi Krlev, Georg Mildenberger
October 25, 2018

Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives investigates socio-economic impact. Since it is hard to establish causality and to measure social properties when investigating impact, especially at the level of society, the book narrows down impact to one priority aspect: social innovation – understood...

Social Enterprise and Special Events

Social Enterprise and Special Events

1st Edition

Julie Olberding
August 06, 2018

During the past twenty years, the field of nonprofit management has grown significantly in terms of the number of nonprofit organizations, number of people employed, and amount of funds raised. A key activity in nonprofit management has been organizing events, which are generally defined as "...

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises: Nordic Perspectives

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises: Nordic Perspectives

1st Edition

Linda Lundgaard Andersen, Malin Gawell, Roger Spear
August 06, 2018

Migrant women stepping into ethnic catering; homeless men employed to take care of bees producing honey for sale; young people on the edge getting microcredit funding to start social businesses; or former criminals joining forces to create social and economic structures for an honest lifestyle....

The Growth of Italian Cooperatives: Innovation, Resilience and Social Responsibility

The Growth of Italian Cooperatives: Innovation, Resilience and Social Responsibility

1st Edition

Piero Ammirato
April 11, 2018

The Italian Cooperative Sector is amongst the largest in the world comprising over 60,000 cooperatives from all sectors of the economy directly employing 1.3 million people. Cooperatives created close to 30 percent of new jobs in Italy between 2001 and 2011 demonstrating that democratic cooperative...

Social Regeneration and Local Development: Cooperation, Social Economy and Public Participation

Social Regeneration and Local Development: Cooperation, Social Economy and Public Participation

1st Edition

Silvia Sacchetti, Asimina Christoforou, Michele Mosca
November 24, 2017

Social regeneration is about the transformative processes that, through institutional choices that embody cooperation and inclusion, develop opportunities and capabilities for weak categories, and transversally for society. The challenge of social regeneration can be addressed, in part, through...

Co-design and Social Innovation: Connections, Tensions and Opportunities

Co-design and Social Innovation: Connections, Tensions and Opportunities

1st Edition

Garth Britton
May 05, 2017

Although co-design has been practised in new service and product development for some years, it has only recently begun to appear in the burgeoning field of social innovation. It appears to be well-attuned to this new context, offering as it does an open-ended relational process to generate novel...

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