Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation

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Posted by: on January 22, 2018

Policy Design in the European Union – An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making?

Brexit, the immigration crisis, Europe-wide economic stagnation, rising geopolitical tension in the eastern and southern border areas, populist, EU-critical political mobilisation in all member states, increasing difficulties in striking a deal about anything in the union; these are some of the well-known current problems of the European Union. The sheer number of problems, not to […]

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Posted by: on January 15, 2018

Social innovation protects households, but does not necessarily empower women

Can social innovation challenge gender inequalities? In an article published for the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship – ‘Does social innovation reduce the economic marginalization of women? Insights from the case of Italian Solidarity Purchasing Groups’  – I tried to give a preliminary answer to the question. The case of Solidarity Purchasing Groups is a well-known […]

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Posted by: on January 10, 2018

Eight lessons for social innovation from business innovation studies

1. What is innovation? While most policy-makers, journalists, natural scientists and other opinion leaders tend to think of innovation as a ground-breaking technological idea, contemporary economic analysis of business innovations has a different understanding: Innovation is not an idea. It is a solution introduced to the market. New solutions don’t need to be ‘world class’ […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2018

The complexity of tackling marginalisation

by György Molnár and Attila Havas, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Roma have faced social exclusion in many European societies for centuries – and still do. As the EU framework for National Roma Integration Strategies states: “Many of the estimated 10-12 million Roma in Europe face prejudice, intolerance, discrimination […]

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Posted by: on December 16, 2017

Analysing social innovation: Lessons from history

The Flying Doctors are an Australian legend. For 90 years they have cared for patients in the Australian Outback. Nowadays, however, some of them do not reach their patients via helicopter anymore, but through the internet. This is in many cases technically feasible and not a problem for the physicians. For the patients, however, internet-based […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2017

Europe and social innovation – travel notes from an Odyssey

The European Union!? Don’t even mention it! Or so I remember one of my first impressions when conducting field work in rural Southern Germany. Introducing myself as part of an EU-funded research project provoked responses such as “The EU? These are the people who ban open air barbecues during villages festivals as long as there […]

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Posted by: on November 23, 2017

Pushing the Empirical Frontier Further

Pushing the Empirical Frontier Further: Investigating if and how social innovation can empower marginalised people in Europe Besides historical reconstructions of social innovations in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, an entire work package (WP7), led by the University of Pavia in Italy, was dedicated to the empirical investigation of ongoing social […]

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Posted by: on October 27, 2017

The CrESSI Project

The CrESSI project explores the economic underpinnings of social innovation, with a particular focus on how policy and practice can enhance the lives of the most marginalised and disempowered citizens in society. The four-year project funded by the EC was commenced in February 2014 and brings together 8 European partners led by University of Oxford. […]

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