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The Implicit Normative Assumptions of Social Innovation Research: Embracing the Dark Side
Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5015-0443
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
2016 (English)In: Social Innovations in the Urban Context / [ed] Taco Brandsen, Sandro Cattacin, Adalbert Evers and Annette Zimmers, London: Springer London, 2016, 293-302 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter critically appraises the concept and practice of social innovation. Usually discussed in positive terms, the authors ask if there are also drawbacks linked to social innovation. Both the conceptual analysis and the empirical review of findings suggest a number of critical points, such as the implicit values of the concepts; the assumed harmony with economic and technological innovation; the current emphasis on instrumentalising social innovation, for example, through privileging innovations that can be scaled and mainstreamed; and a dominant focus on successful cases, where failure is equally important and more common.

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London: Springer London, 2016. 293-302 p.
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Conflict, Politics, Diffusion, Scaling
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5187ISBN: ISBN: 978-3-319-21550-1 (Print) 978-3-319-21551-8 (Online) OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5187DiVA: diva2:919453
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-14Bibliographically approved

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