Samstag 21. Oktober 2017
Volume XXXIII • Issue 2 • 2017

Social Innovation and the Transformation of Welfare States

Schwerpunktredaktion: Bernhard Leubolt, Carla Weinzierl


The concept of social innovation has gained prominence in the international policy making community throughout the last ten years, particularly in the European Union. It is highly ambiguous, with blurring boundaries, involving diverse policy fields and actors in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The articles in this special issue deal with social innovation in a territorial development perspective. With a focus on social policy, they tackle the question of the potential of social innovations to respond to limitations of welfare regimes and they also reflect on the contradictions regarding the combination of social innovation with neoliberal reforms.




Bernhard Leubolt, Carla Weinzierl
Social Innovation to Foster Social Development?

Pieter Cools
Looking for a Mutually Supporting Relationship between Local Social Innovation and Welfare Reform: The Case of Re-use Non-profits in the UK

Bernhard Leubolt, Wagner de Melo Romão
Socio-Ecological Innovation in Brazil: The Collective Survival Strategy of the Collectors of Recyclable Material

Carla Weinzierl
Intercultural Education as a Means to Foster Equality in Diversity – Understanding ‘Participation’ in the Austrian Vielfalter Initiative

Fabio Colombo, Tatiana Saruis
Social Innovation and Local Welfare: A Comparative Case Study on Housing First in Italy and Sweden


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