Social innovation is a topic that is more and more being discussed on both national and European levels (hence, the announcement of this being a strategic priority EU wide). To better be able to provide social impact in the society and find novel solutions also for operating social enterprises, it is necessary to explore how social innovation comes into life and what aspects are necessary to foster it. 

This open access book is a valuable source for understanding in particular the organizations’ capacity to generate novel ideas, ways and means of doing things, and of addressing public and social problems of many kinds.

This volume’s primary assertion is that the third sector, specifically through stimulating civic involvement, is best placed to produce social innovation, outperforming business firms and state agencies in this regard. By investigating actor contributions to social innovation across seven fields of activity, Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives develops our understanding of why and how the third sector is central to functioning, cohesive and viable societies.


Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation The third sector or non-profit sector has increasingly gained, in recent years, policy recognition and attracted academic attention. Researchers have analyzed non-profit organizations from different perspectives, usually emphasizing specific roles this set of institutions is assumed to perform.

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This publication has been prepared within INDIGISE project. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project coordinator and may not always reflect the views of the European Commission or the National Agency.