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Models of social innovation

An EU team examined management of the social economy and innovation. The work focused on government policies concerning culture, healthcare and integration of disadvantaged people.
Models of social innovation
The EU-funded VALUES (Value analysis of local utilities of enterprises from social sector) project examined governance of the social economy in territorial contexts. The team developed a model of social innovation, based on the Vaesken and Zafiropoulou model that incorporates the articulation between modes of government and regulation.

Researchers examined three aspects of social policies and local development. Foci included cultural policies, healthcare policies, and policies concerning social and economic integration of disadvantaged populations.

Analysis also focused on three areas: cultural development of new territories, migration and home services. The team documented case studies concerning the impacts of cultural activities on territories. Activities included various music and art festivals in France, Morocco and Romania.

For each territory, researchers highlighted the interrelationships among different kinds of stakeholders, which structured different forms of governance. Hence, the team developed new governance structures for territories, also for urban, economic and social matters. The base model evolved to include processes of value creation in a given area.

The team also developed a business model to support building of public policies within the democratic process.

VALUES outcomes helped refine ideas of public management in the context of territorial development.

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Social innovation, social economy, VALUES, value analysis, territories
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