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Public policy and governance

 

Innovation concepts inspire people and policymakers (at central and local levels) because it offers the promise of radical change. As such the desire to innovate the public sector has a long history, which is sometimes linked to reform programs in order to meet budget cutbacks, to meet the introduction of new management and governance ideologies or to meet the introduction of new information and communication technologies.  

The innovation journey, on which the public sector in many countries has embarked, is sailing under the flag of “social innovation”.  The British prime-minister Cameron incorporated social innovation in his view on the so-called ‘Big Society’, in which he embraces the idea of social entrepreneurship and social innovation as an alternative for traditional governing. In his view local communities need to have more power and people have to encouraged to play an active role in these communities in order to set up co-operations, charities, mutual and other social enterprises that deal with the local and concrete needs that citizens encounter.  

 Also the European Commission has embraced social innovation as a relevant topic on her reform agenda. The EC refers to social innovation as “new ideas that work to address unmet needs. We simply describe it as innovations that are both social in their ends and in their means” (European Commission, 2013).

Social innovation is an inspiring concept because as it stimulates people, politicians and policy makers to explore and implement new ideas about the way how a society deals with a number of challenges that is vital for the functioning for this society as a political community; like the growing ageing of the population, the budgetary crises, the quality of our educational system or the regeneration of socially and economically deprived cities and regions (Mulgan, 2009).

 
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