What is it about?

Research on social innovation has gained momentum over the last decade, spurred notably by the growing interest in social issues related to policymaking, public management, and entrepreneurship in response to the wicked problems societies in Europe and worldwide face. Its popularity among academics and policymakers also marks a turning point in how innovations are thought of and what their role in economic development is. However, for social innovations to unfold their full potential for the beneficiaries and societies at large a better understanding of underlying mechanisms, processes and impacts are necessary. Focusing on ‘the economics of social innovation’, this special issue addresses a widely neglected topic in regional development.

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Why is it important?

The contributions cover distinct but complementary and related aspects concerning the existing gap between the hitherto unexploited potential of social innovation in relation to the complex and interrelated socio-economic challenges regions across Europe and globally face.

Perspectives

Writing the introduction to this special issue was a pleasure as it comprises articles by co-authors whom we have worked with on the economic foundation of social innovation from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Judith Terstriep
Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Institute for Work and Technology

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This page is a summary of: Bridging local embeddedness and global dynamics – the economics of social innovation, European Planning Studies, May 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2020.1766106.
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