Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Taco Brandsen, Adalbert Evers, Sandro Cattacin, Annette Zimmer
      Pages 3-18 Open Access
  3. Urban Contexts for Local Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Sandro Cattacin, Annette Zimmer
      Pages 21-44 Open Access
    3. Ola Segnestam Larsson, Marie Nordfeldt, Anna Carrigan
      Pages 65-81 Open Access
    4. Nadia Brookes, Jeremy Kendall, Lavinia Mitton
      Pages 83-96 Open Access
    5. Giuliana Costa, Roberta Cucca, Rossana Torri
      Pages 125-142 Open Access
    6. Benjamin Ewert
      Pages 143-158 Open Access
  4. Local Social Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Adalbert Evers, Taco Brandsen
      Pages 161-180 Open Access
    3. Gojko Bežovan, Jelena Matančević, Danijel Baturina
      Pages 189-197 Open Access
    4. Francesca Broersma, Taco Brandsen, Joost Fledderus
      Pages 199-204 Open Access
    5. Manuel Aguilar Hendrickson, Marta Llobet Estany
      Pages 213-218 Open Access
    6. Benjamin Ewert, Adalbert Evers
      Pages 219-225 Open Access
    7. Stefania Sabatinelli, Giuliana Costa
      Pages 227-233 Open Access
    8. Marie Nordfeldt, Ola Segnestam Larsson, Anna Carrigan
      Pages 235-242 Open Access
    9. Joost Fledderus, Taco Brandsen, Francesca Broersma
      Pages 243-249 Open Access
    10. Nadia Brookes, Jeremy Kendall, Lavinia Mitton
      Pages 251-255 Open Access
    11. Nadia Brookes, Jeremy Kendall, Lavinia Mitton
      Pages 257-263 Open Access
    12. Andrea Walter, Danielle Gluns
      Pages 265-271 Open Access
    13. Teresa Montagut, Gemma Vilà, Sebastià Riutort
      Pages 273-279 Open Access
    14. Maxime Felder
      Pages 281-289 Open Access
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Ola Segnestam Larsson, Taco Brandsen
      Pages 293-302 Open Access
    3. Taco Brandsen, Adalbert Evers, Sandro Cattacin, Annette Zimmer
      Pages 303-310 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-313

About this book


This book addresses the practice of social innovation, which is currently very much in the public eye. New ideas and approaches are needed to tackle the severe and wicked problems with which contemporary societies are struggling. Especially in times of economic crisis, social innovation is regarded as one of the crucial elements needed to move forward. Our knowledge of its dynamics has significantly progressed, thanks to an abundance of studies on social innovation both general and sector-specific. However, despite the valuable research conducted over the past years, the systematic analysis of social innovation is still contested and incomplete. The questions asked in the book are the following:

1. What is the nature of social innovations?

2.What patterns can be identified in social innovations emerging at the
local level?
3.How is the emergence and spread of social innovations related to urban
governance? More precisely, which conditions and arrangements facilitate
and hinders social innovation?

We explore these questions using different types of data and methods, and studying different contexts. In particular, we focus on innovations that aim at solving problems of the young unemployed, single parents and migrants. The analysis is based on original research carried out in the period 2010-2014 in the framework of the European project WILCO.


Challenges of migrants integration guildelines Civic engagement and social entrepreneurship Governance of innovation, growth, economic & social challenges Interaction of economic and social policies Practice of social innovation Social innovations in urban regimes and local governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Taco Brandsen
    • 1
  • Sandro Cattacin
    • 2
  • Adalbert Evers
    • 3
  • Annette Zimmer
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of ManagementRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of HeidelbergJustus-Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany
  4. 4.Institute for Political ScienceUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21550-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21551-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2579
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