Innovation in city governments: structures, networks and leadership

J Lewis, LM Ricard, Erik Hans Klijn, T Ysa

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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 is 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 groundbreaking 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
ISBN (Print)9781315673202
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Research programs

  • EUR ESSB 26


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