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Political Change through Social Innovation

A Debate

9781803925134 Edward Elgar Publishing
Frank Moulaert, Emeritus Professor of Spatial Planning, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium, Bob Jessop, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK, Liana Simmons, Political Scientist, Food Activist, Italy and Pieter Van den Broeck, Professor of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, KU Leuven, Belgium
Publication Date: July 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 513 4 Extent: c 176 pp
This book addresses the key question of why socially innovative initiatives, including attempts to rejuvenate democracy by introducing new modes of participation, are not leading to a democratization of the State or overcoming the gap between political leaders and people. Offering insights from three leading voices of contemporary social sciences to address the failures of contemporary democracies, the book explores the potentialities of progressive socio-political agendas, strategies, and movements seeking to overcome these failures.

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This book asks why socially innovative initiatives, including attempts to rejuvenate democracy by introducing new modes of participation, are not leading to a democratization of the State or overcoming the gap between political leaders and people. It offers a vivid and thought-provoking conversation on why we are at such an impasse and explores concrete possibilities for change.

Offering insights on the failures of modern democracies from three leading voices of contemporary social science, the book interrogates the possibilities of progressive socio-political agendas, strategies, and movements seeking to overcome these failures. It highlights examples of bottom-linked forms of governance that provide signs of positive change and focuses on the essential role that progressive institutions play in enabling socio-political transformation. It also analyses how processes of self-emancipation driven by social innovation and political mobilization movements represent the most promising form of political engagement today.

Students and scholars of social innovation and governance will find this to be an invigorating read. It will also be helpful to politicians and government officials seeking to understand, respond to, and explore efforts towards democratizing political change.
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‘This thought-provoking volume sits at the nexus of social innovation and democratic political theory and practice. Leading international scholars compare and confront different approaches to nurturing emancipatory social change in a world increasingly encountering populist politics and ruptures to “democratic” systems. It provides a valuable landmark for anyone interested in solidarity-based social relations and the potential for social political change.’
– Jean Hillier, RMIT University, Australia
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Contents: Foreword 1. Can Mutual Aid in a Post-industrial Society Reforge the Political? Frank Moulaert, Bob Jessop, Erik Swyngedouw and Liana Simmons 2. Bottom-linked Governance and Socio-political Transformation Frank Moulaert 3. Is Emancipatory Politicization Still Possible Today? Erik Swyngedouw 4. Exploring the Dilemma between Self-emancipation and Self-responsibilization Bob Jessop 5. Debate: A Dialogical Encounter on the
Potentialities of Social Innovation for Social-Political Transformation 6. Towards Socially Innovative Political Transformation Frank Moulaert, Pieter Van den Broeck, Liana Simmons, Bob Jessop and Erik Swyngedouw Index
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