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KAFP 3750 - Social Innovation: redesigning welfare provision?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Social innovation has become a popular concept in a variety of circles, including in policy debates at national and supranational levels, and is widely understood as providing desirable solutions to new social needs in a context of constrained budgets and incapacity of traditional welfare states to address these needs. Despite its current popularity and the wealth of experiments that have been put in place in many countries, social innovation remains understudied and undertheorized. This course aims at arriving at a better empirical and conceptual understanding of social innovation. While it may not be possible to offer a singular definition of social innovation, the course proposes to analyse the underlying logics, governance, actors, modes of financing, modes of experimentation and diffusion of social innovation practices across Europe, highlighting some of the promises but also tensions and contradictions involved, and linking the analysis to the ongoing transformation of the welfare state.


  • KIELMANOWICZ, Daniele (Consultante, LGI Consulting)
  • MOREL, Nathalie (Assistant Professor)
  • RICKEY, Ben (Responsable de projets, Agence Nouvelle des solidarités actives)
  • SEBAG, Raphaëlle (Directrice des opérations, Impact Invest lab)

Course validation

Group exercice: 30%; Final paper: 60%; Oral participation: 10%.


Usually 2 texts to be read in preparation for each session.

Required reading

Pas d'ouvrage de référence. Deux textes seront à lire pour chaque séance