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Innovation in public services: Filling a gap in the literature


  • Faïz Gallouj

    (CLERSE - Centre Lillois d’Études et de Recherches Sociologiques et Économiques - UMR 8019 - Université de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Antonello Zanfei

    (URB - University of Urbino - University of Urbino)


The objective of this Special Issue of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics is to contribute to fill the gap that can be observed in the literature as regards innovation in public services, at the theoretical, empirical and methodological level. In the following introductory notes, we will first describe the nature of this gap (which we shall refer to as "innovation gap") in academic research and in the statistics. Then we will briefly illustrate how it has been dealt with by the (scanty) previous literature on this topic. Section two will provide a synthetic close-up on each of the articles included in the Special Issue, and section three will conclude. The core of this collection of papers is drawn from presentations made at the 1st International EIBURS-TAIPS Conference, which was hosted by the Department of Economics, Society and Politics of the University of Urbino (Italy) in April 2012.

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  • Faïz Gallouj & Antonello Zanfei, 2013. "Innovation in public services: Filling a gap in the literature," Post-Print halshs-01114107, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01114107
    DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2013.09.002
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    1. Faridah Djellal & Faïz Gallouj, 2018. "Fifteen advances in service innovation studies," Chapters, in: Ada Scupola & Lars Fuglsang (ed.),Services, Experiences and Innovation, chapter 3, pages 39-65, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Tor Helge Aas & Nina Jentoft & Mikaela Vasstrøm, 2016. "Managing innovation of care services: An exploration of Norwegian municipalities," Cogent Business & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 1215762-121, December.

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