Handbook on Social Innovation and Social Policy

Stephen Sinclair (Editor), Simone Baglioni (Editor)

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Applying a critical perspective to stimulate dialogue and mutual learning between the interconnected fields of social innovation and social policy analysis, this dynamic Handbook investigates the often-contested relationship between these two areas of enquiry and practice. Bringing together discerning contributions from a diverse team of international scholars and analysts, the Handbook explores key policy insights, practical lessons and advances in theoretical understanding which can be drawn from social innovation and social policy. Chapters examine a comprehensive range of social issues and policy areas including sustainable development, employment, immigration, financial exclusion, digital services, food provision, health and social care, and gender equality. Presenting distinctive new insights into how social innovation and social policy can address these issues, the Handbook ultimately considers how social innovation can offer solutions and ways forward in response to emerging social problems and persistent welfare needs. This expansive Handbook will be invaluable for academics, scholars, and advanced students of social policy, social innovation and enterprise, public management and administration, and politics. Locating the relationship between social innovation and social policy in historical, theoretical, and practical contexts, it will also benefit civil society organisations and public policymakers tasked with developing and implementing innovations and reforms in key policy areas.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages330
ISBN (Electronic)9781800887459
ISBN (Print)9781800887442
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Social Policy and Welfare
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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