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Innovations in Doing and Being: Capability Innovations at the Intersection of Schumpeterian Political Economy and Human Development

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  • Rafael Ziegler
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    This paper seeks to contribute to a conceptual perspective with which to approach the evaluations and explanation of social entrepreneurs as agents of social change. First, it discusses the capability approach as a comprehensive normative framework with which to articulate ‘the social’ in a way that deals with the triple challenge of specifying ‘the social’ in a context of conflicts of interests, value diversity and exclusive public spheres. Second, the paper proposes two explanatory hypotheses of innovation for social change: (a) social innovation as the carrying out of new combinations of capabilities; (b) social entrepreneurs as characterized by their capacity to imagine and carry out new combinations of capabilities. The combination of capabilities suggests a subset of human development where ethics meets innovation: a capability innovation pathway at the crossroads of long-term, societal perspectives on change (human development, Schumpeterian economic development) where innovation is social and capability advancement entrepreneurial.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (October)
    Pages: 255-272

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jsocen:v:1:y:2010:i:2:p:255-272
    DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2010.511818
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