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

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

About the editors

Taco Brandsen is Professor of Comparative Public Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Secretary-General of EAPAA (European Association of Public Administration Accreditation); Coordinator of the project WILCO (2010-2013, ‘Welfare Innovations at the Local Level’, 7th European Framework Programme.) and a member of the LIPSE project (2013-2016, ‘Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments’, 7th European FrameworkProgramme).

Sandro Cattacin studied economic history, political science and political philosophy at the University of Zurich (1982–1987). With an Italian fellowship he then participated in the PhD programme in political and social science at the European University Institute in Florence (1987–1990) where he obtained his PhD in 1992.

Adalbert Evers is Professor for Comparative Health and Social Policy at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany); (Emeritus since October 2013). He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Bremen and did his Habilitation at the University of Frankfurt.

Annette Zimmer is Professor of Social Policy and Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Münster, Germany. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Heidelberg, and a lecturer degree in political science from the University of Kassel, Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Innovations in the Urban Context
  • Editors Taco Brandsen
    Sandro Cattacin
    Adalbert Evers
    Annette Zimmer
  • Series Title Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nonprofit,Civil Society Studies
  • 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 Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21550-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79350-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21551-8
  • Series ISSN 1568-2579
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Social Policy
    Political Theory
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