Power and conflict in social innovation: a field-based perspective

Simon Teasdale, Michael J. Roy, Lars Hulgard

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This chapter draws upon the concept of strategic action fields to illustrate how different actors collaborate and compete in order to shape a social innovation field. From this perspective, actors seek to influence and change the objectives and power constellations within the field(s), effectively setting out the direction of travel for transformative social change. They achieve this, in part, through discursive strategies aimed at persuading others to their cause. We identify three different discourses that are shaping contemporary ideas of what social innovation is or ought to be. In our concluding section we set out four areas of future research that can shed light on social innovation fields as arenas of contestation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Social Innovation
EditorsJürgen Howaldt, Christoph Kaletka, Antonius Schröder
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781789909357
ISBN (Print)9781789909340
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • conflict
  • contestation
  • fields
  • power
  • research agenda
  • social innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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