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Social Innovation on the Rise: yet another buzzword in a time of austerity?
Journal Title: SALUTE E SOCIETÀ 
Author/s: Francesco Grisolia, Emanuele Farragina 
Year:  2015 Issue: 1EN Language: English 
Pages:  11 Pg. 165-175 FullText PDF:  68 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SES2015-001013EN
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We challenge the idea that social innovation can constitute an effective strategy to counter-balance the retrenchment of public social provisions. The changes within the Italian healthcare system, one of the most important sectors of the welfare state, in which the concept of social innovation has been widely discussed, are a clear example of a broader trend toward decentralisation and marketization. In conjunction with a new balance between public and private funding, these changes are contributing to increased inequalities and territorial disparities. The call to social innovation, if not embedded within a structural reform of the Italian welfare state and the health care system, might simply become a convenient buzzword to forward the neoliberal ideology in a time of austerity.
Keywords: Social innovation; neoliberalism; austerity

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Francesco Grisolia, Emanuele Farragina, in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1EN/2015, pp. 165-175, DOI:10.3280/SES2015-001013EN


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