ISBN-10:
1847202535
ISBN-13:
9781847202536
Pub. Date:
08/01/2007
Publisher:
Edward Elgar Publishing
Social Innovations, Institutional Change and Economic Performance: Making Sense of Structural Adjustment Processes in Industrial Sectors, Regions and Societies

Social Innovations, Institutional Change and Economic Performance: Making Sense of Structural Adjustment Processes in Industrial Sectors, Regions and Societies

by Timo J. Hamalainen, Risto HeiskalaTimo J. Hamalainen

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Overview

This book examines the nature of social innovation processes which determine the economic and social performance of nations, regions, industrial sectors and organizations.


The current transformation of the world economy underlines the importance of systemic adjustment capacity for the long-term success of industrial economies. The expert contributors outline a theory of social innovation which differentiates between incremental and radical change processes, and suggests areas where policy makers can facilitate proactive changes. Case studies highlight the various rigidities of structural adjustment processes, the economic importance of systemic adjustment capacity, and the challenges of social innovation and structural change in different societies, regions and sectors.


An important contribution to the emerging research on social innovations, this book offers invaluable insights for all decision makers struggling with structural adjustment challenges. As such, it will prove essential reading for scholars and students focussing on social and economic innovation and change processes, national and regional development, and economic competitiveness and growth. National, regional, sectoral and organizational policymakers and strategists will also find much to interest them within this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847202536
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Edited by Timo J. Hämäläinen, Sitra Fellow, the Finnish Innovation Fund, Finland and Risto Heiskala, Institute for Advanced Social Research, IASR, University of Tampere, Finland

Table of Contents

Contents:


Prefatory Chapter: Institutions and Social Innovation

W. Richard Scott


1. Introduction: Historical Transformation Challenges Established Structures

Risto Heiskala and Timo J. Hämäläinen


PART I: THEORETICAL, EMPIRICAL AND POLICY PERSPECTIVES TO STRUCTURAL CHANGE

2. Social Innovation, Structural Adjustment and Economic Performance

Timo J. Hämäläinen


3. Social Innovations: Structural and Power Perspectives

Risto Heiskala


4. Social Innovation or Hegemonic Change? Rapid Paradigm Change in Finland in the 1980s and 1990s

Risto Heiskala and Timo J. Hämäläinen


5. Policy Implications: How to Facilitate the Structural Adjustment and Renewal of Advanced Societies?

Timo J. Hämäläinen


PART II: ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES TO STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT IN SECTORS, REGIONS AND NATION STATES

6. Structural Adjustments and Conflicting Recipes in the US Auto Industry

J.-C. Spender


7. From Path Dependency to Path Creation? Baden-Württemberg and the Future of the German Model

Gerd Schienstock


8. Divergence Among Mature and Rich Industrial Economies – The Case of Sweden Entering a New and Immediate Economy

Gunnar Eliasson


9. Social Innovation and Institutional Change in Ireland in the Late 20th Century: From ‘The Poorest of the Rich’ to ‘Europe’s Shining Light’?

Julia S. O’Connor


Index

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