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Social Regeneration and Local Development

Cooperation, Social Economy and Public Participation, 1st Edition

Edited by Silvia Sacchetti, Asimina Christoforou, Michele Mosca


308 pages

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Social regeneration is about the transformative processes that, through institutional choices that embody cooperation and inclusion, develop opportunities and capabilities for weak categories, and transversally for society. The challenge of social regeneration can be addressed, in part, through organisational solutions increasingly identified with social economy organisations, since they are characterised by a social objective, cooperation and inclusive democratic governance.

Besides the organisational element, Social Regeneration and Local Development provides a new perspective on interacting socio-economic factors, which can work in synergy with the social economy organisations model to promote and sustain social regeneration and well-being. Such elements include civic engagement and social capital, the nature of the welfare system, the use of physical assets in urban and rural areas, leadership, technology, and finance.

By analysing organisational and contextual elements, this book offers an institutional perspective on how socio-economic systems can reply to challenges such as social and environmental degradation, financial crises, immigration, inequality, and marginalisation.

Table of Contents


Silvia Sacchetti, Asimina Christoforou, Michele Mosca

Part 1: Social Regeneration

1. Social Regeneration and Cooperative Institutions

Silvia Sacchetti and Carlo Borzaga

2. The Transformations of Welfare: From Solidarity to Individualism, and Back

Luca Fazzi

Part 2: Inclusive and cooperative organisations

3. Social Enterprise and Regeneration: A Participatory Approach 

Asimina Christoforou

4. Regenerating the Commons: Policy Design Models beyond CSR

Francesca Battistoni, Paolo Cottino and Flaviano Zandonai

5. Co-operative Leadership: Social and Spatial Regeneration in Rural Western Canada

Darcy Overland

6. The Social Regeneration of Mafias Assets: The Role of Social Cooperatives in Italy

Michele Mosca

7. Territorial Governance and the Social Economy in Migrants’ Reception. The Case of Romagna Faentina in Central Italy

Massimo Caroli and Ermanno Tortia

Part 3: Contextual Elements for Social Regeneration

8. Deliberative Participation: Bringing the Citizens Back In

Rudolf Lewanski

9. City Leadership and Social Regeneration: The Potential of Civic Leadership and the New Roles for Public Managers and Politicians

Alessandro Sancino and Leslie Budd

10. Digital Technology as a Tool for Social Regeneration: Web 2.0’s Intended and Unintended Outcomes Within a Society

Andres Morales and Sara Calvo

11. Immigration Policies, Public Decision-making Processes and Urban Regeneration: The Italian Case.

Luigi Ferrara and Salvatore Villani

12. Spatial Injustice and Social Capital: The Wall between East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Safa H. Dhaher

13. Social Regeneration and Environmental Sustainability in Biosphere Reserves

Silvia Sacchetti and Colin Campbell

14. Community festivals and their spaces: relational practice and the production of a relational good?

Michael J. Lucas

About the Editors

  • Dr Silvia Sacchetti is an Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Research, Italy.
  • Dr Asimina Christoforou is at the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Michele Mosca is an associate professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Political Science, University of Naples, Federico II, Italy

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation

Over the last decades, in parallel to major changes towards privatization in the welfare regimes of advanced industrialized countries, social innovation, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship have gradually become "à la mode". They are interpreted in policy documents in market-economic terms, making social enterprises a valuable partner for policy makers looking for innovative ways of addressing social and societal problems, among which bringing the excluded back into society and increasing social cohesion. However, balancing active citizenship and empowerment, on the one hand, and market-based social service delivery and innovation in a sustainable manner, on the other, represents a daunting challenge.

In this context, social innovation is conceived as creative solutions to existing wicked social problems, at the level of both concrete outcome and process; and social enterprises are heralded as vehicles for such societal improvement. However, beyond the superficial approaches to social innovation, its relationship with social enterprises and social entrepreneurship remains to be better understood and systematized. Therefore, the series invites contributions that are committed to understanding the complexity of these transformations by engaging in new dialogues within and among all regions of the world, each with its specific historical, cultural, social and political contexts, as well as among disciplines, as these evolutions must be tackled in their multi-dimensional nature.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior