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Local Social Innovation to Combat Poverty and ExclusionA Critical Appraisal$
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Stijn Oosterlynck, Andreas Novy, and Yuri Kazepov

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447338444

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447338444.001.0001

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Conclusion: local social innovation and welfare reform

Conclusion: local social innovation and welfare reform

(p.217) 10 Conclusion: local social innovation and welfare reform
Local Social Innovation to Combat Poverty and Exclusion

Stijn Oosterlynck

Andreas Novy

Yuri Kazepov

Policy Press

In this chapter, we draw a range of overall conclusions from our case-study based investigation of how local social innovations operate as vehicles of welfare reform. We reflect on the impact of the increased interest of policy-makers in social innovation and on the relationship between social innovation and other social policy paradigms, notably the established paradigm of social protection and its main contender, the social investment paradigm. We also discuss our main findings with regard to the mix of actors, resources and instruments supporting localized social innovations, the multi-scalar nature social innovations, its empowerment dimension and relationship with knowledge. Finally, we look at the consolidation of social innovation in specific welfare-institutional contexts.

Keywords:   Welfare reform, social innovation, social policy, scale

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