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Innovation in City Governments

Structures, Networks, and Leadership, 1st Edition

By Jenny M. Lewis, Lykke Margot Ricard, Erik Hans Klijn, Tamyko Ysa Figueras


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Innovation has become an important focus for governments around the world over the last decade, with greater pressure on governments to do more with less, and expanding community expectations. Some are now calling this ‘social innovation’ – innovation that is related to creating new services that have value for stakeholders (such as citizens) in terms of the social and political outcomes they produce.

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership establishes an analytical framework of innovation capacity based on three dimensions:

  1. Structure - national governance and traditions, the local socioeconomic context, and the municipal structure
  2. Networks – interpersonal connections inside and outside the organization
  3. Leadership – the qualities and capabilities of senior individuals within the organization.

Each of these are analysed using data from a comparative EU research project in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Rotterdam.

The book provides major new insights on how structures, networks and leadership in city governments shape the social innovation capacity of cities. It provides ground-breaking analyses of how governance structures and local socio-economic challenges, are related to the innovations introduced by these cities. The volume maps and analyses the social networks of the three cities and examines boundary spanning within and outside of the cities. It also examines what leadership qualities are important for innovation.

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership combines an original analytical approach with comparative empirical work, to generate a novel perspective on the social innovation capacity of cities and is critical reading for academics, students and policy makers alike in the fields of Public Management, Public Administration, Local Government, Policy, Innovation and Leadership.


"If you are interested in how social structure can deeply influence social innovation outcomes, or in jump-starting social innovation in your city, this book will provide clear insights about how the way we lead, organize, and interact affects the way we innovate as a society."Michael W-P Fortunato, Sam Houston State University, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1: Innovation Capacity: A Framework for Analysis

1. The Public Sector Innovation Puzzle

2. Structures and Innovation

3. Social Networks and Innovation

4. Leadership and Innovation

Part 2: A Comparison of Three Cities: Barcelona, Copenhagen and Rotterdam

5. The Innovation Environment: Governance Structures and Economic Challenges

6. Innovation Capacity: Drivers and Supports

7. Innovation Networks: Connections and Brokerage

8. Fostering Innovation: Leadership

Part 3: Conclusions: What Supports Innovation in City Governments?

9. Linking Structures, Networks, Leadership and Innovation

10. Supporting Innovation in City Governments

About the Authors

Jenny M. Lewis is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Lykke Margot Ricard is Senior Adviser on Innovation at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Erik Hans Klijn is Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, Netherlands.

Tamyko Ysa Figueras is Associate Professor, Department of Strategy and General Management in ESADE Business School, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business