Governance: public governance to social innovation?

Andrew Massey*, Karen Johnston-Miller*

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This paper reviews governance and public governance related to an emerging area of policy interest – social innovation. The European Commission’s White Paper on European Governance (2001) focused on openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness and coherence in public policy as characteristics of good governance. The EC has prioritised social innovation to address policy problems. Yet, the extant literature and research on social innovation is sparse. The paper questions whether it is a new mode of governance which contributes to good governance or a continuum of neoliberal reforms of the state which alters the relationship between the state, market and civil society
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-675
Number of pages13
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number4
Early online date1 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • governance
  • multi-level governance
  • social innovation
  • policy-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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