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L'innovation sociale par l'économie solidaire en Bolivie : une démocratisation des conventions de production et de genre


  • Isabelle Hillenkamp
  • Franck Bessis


This article proposes a conceptual framework of social innovation based on theories of institutional change and applied to Latin-American solidarity economy. Social innovation is conceived as a change in the codification of social relations that validates new principles of coordination produced by reflexive actors. This framework is used for interpreting two transformations driven by solidarity economy initiatives in the case of the city of El Alto, in Bolivia: the transformation of the relations of production and of gender relations. Thus, we evaluate the reach of two types of innovation: the affirmation of an original principle of reciprocity in the mode of production; and of a principle of equality in the access to the public and the productive spheres. JEL Codes: B5, D02, O1, P4, Z13

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  • Isabelle Hillenkamp & Franck Bessis, 2012. "L'innovation sociale par l'économie solidaire en Bolivie : une démocratisation des conventions de production et de genre," Innovations, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(2), pages 85-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:inndbu:inno_038_0085

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    solidarity economy; social innovation; democratization; economics of convention; Bolivia;

    JEL classification:

    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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