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This study aims to enhance the understanding of the nature of collaboration between public and nonpublic actors in delivering social services and achieving social innovation in a fragile welfare context, with an emphasis on the role of civil society organisations (CSOs).

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The findings showed that collaboration and social innovation in a fragile welfare context have been initiated primarily by nonpublic actors and developed within the triple context of relations between public, civil and foreign donors’ organisations. In such a context, coercive, normative and mimetic isomorphisms act as leading drivers, but also as potential barriers of public–nonpublic collaboration and social innovation. They are triggered by influences from multiple actors, challenging power relations and external pressures on local CSOs.


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Aleksandar Bozic
Universitetet i Agder

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This page is a summary of: Global trends in a fragile context: public–nonpublic collaboration, service delivery and social innovation, Social Enterprise Journal, November 2020, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/sej-12-2019-0100.
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