WP 36 | 12 What to make of social innovation? Towards a framework for policy development

Publication date: 18 March 2012
Research areas: Innovative models
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: social innovation, innovazione sociale

Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest on the part of the scientific community (and, more recently, of policy makers) in the concept of social innovation. This paper focuses in particular on the usefulness of the concept of social innovation for the purposes of policy development. Therefore, the goal is not to find the “true” definition of social innovation. Rather, it is to search for a useful framework on which to build sound policies that could tackle the complex social issues that have caused scholars and practitioners to pay attention to social innovation in the first place.