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Social Innovation and Urban Governance

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Social Innovation and Urban Governance

Citizenship, Civil Society and Social Movements

9781839102318 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marc Pradel-Miquel, Ana Belén Cano-Hila and Marisol García Cabeza, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona, Spain
Publication Date: June 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 231 8 Extent: c 208 pp
Presenting social innovation initiatives that emerged from organized citizenry in Southern European cities, this book explores the response to austerity policies implemented after the 2008 economic crisis. Chapters look at the common aim of these initiatives in responding to social needs and challenging social exclusion.

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Presenting social innovation initiatives that emerged from organized citizenry in Southern European cities, this book explores the response to austerity policies implemented after the 2008 economic crisis. Chapters look at the common aim of these initiatives in responding to social needs and challenging social exclusion.

Social Innovation and Urban Governance offers an empirically informed theoretical discussion on the scope of citizen action when members of civil society or emancipator social movements organise to contribute to local democratic governance and to enlarge the reach of social welfare. Contributions highlight how, starting from innovative actions in individual urban neighbourhoods, social actors created opportunities for participation in society and organised from below to collaborate with local institutions in “bottom-linked” forms of governance.

A timely exploration of the importance of social innovation in urban settings, this is a useful book for scholars of urban studies as well as sociology and human geography. It will also be an insightful read for urban policy-makers.
Critical Acclaim
‘Can social innovation be a trigger for governance change and political transformation in cities? That is the key question this book attempts to answer. This is undoubtedly the most pressing issue in contemporary urban praxis for those concerned with questions of urban democracy and social equality. And this book is a formidable achievement in charting the possibilities of social innovation to nurture urban transformation.’
– Erik Swyngedouw, The University of Manchester, UK

‘Using Spanish cities as an empirical lens to understand how south European cities reacted to the 2008 crisis, this important book unveils how governance arrangements can change through the transformative potential of social movements and under which conditions civil society can be a driver of social innovation.’
– Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, Austria

‘This is a very important volume of research.’
– Anthony Orum, University of Illinois at Chicago, US

‘This book is a valuable and timely contribution of comparative urban research. Although the chapters in this volume are focused primarily upon the intense conflicts over the meanings of citizenship, governmental authority, and social change in southern Europe, the research reported is relevant to the countless other places in the world that are experiencing rapid social change.’
– Dennis R. Judd, University of Illinois at Chicago, US

‘The book provides evidence of bottom-linked governance experiments in prominent southern European cities, in which public servants, local politicians, movement leaders, concerned citizens and migrants, ... become engaged in a shared, reflexive learning process. And although 'success is not guaranteed' the stories of these experiences should be shared and learned from. That is why this book is a must read for anyone caring about the future of (urban) solidarity and democracy.’
– from the Foreword by Frank Moulaert
Contributors
Contributors include: A.B. Cano Hila, F. Díaz Orueta, S. Eizaguirre Anglada, M. García Cabeza, L. García Ferrando, M.L. Lourés Seoane, M. Pradel I Miquel, R. Ruiz Sola
Contents
Contents:

1. Social innovation in Southern European cities: local governance and citizen practices: Spanish cities as an illustration
Marisol García, Ana Cano Hila and Marc Pradel

2. Methodological observations for the study of social innovation initiatives and their role in urban governance dynamics.
Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada

3. Social Exclusion and the neighbourhood: the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and austerity policies in Spanish cities in the context of Southern Europe
Ana Cano, Raúl Ruíz and Lídia García

4. Large cities and the crisis of democracy: modes of engagement between new social initiatives and local governments.
Fernando Díaz Orueta and María Luisa Lourés Seoane

5. Barcelona: towards new forms of institutionalising civil society and social innovation initiatives?
Ana Belén Cano and Marc Pradel

6. Citizen-led and civil society social transformation: democratic empowerment and co-production of community policies in Bilbao.
Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada

7. New forms of collective action and local government: from 15-M to the Ahora Madrid government
Fernando Díaz Orueta and Maria Luisa Lourés Seoane

8. Zaragoza: the socially inclusive and institutionally innovative city
Marisol García and Lidia García Ferrando

Conclusions
Marc Pradel, Ana Belén Cano and Marisol García

Index

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