Political Innovations: Creative Transformations in Polity, Politics and Policy

Eva Sørensen (Editor)

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Political Innovations: Creative Transformations in Polity, Politics and Policy provides a theoretical framework for studies of political innovation as well as a number of empirical studies of innovations in the way policy strategies take form, in the exercise of political leadership, in community self-organizing, in political parties, and what implications informal governance has on political innovation.

Public innovation has risen to the top of the agenda among governments all over the Western world. The message is clear: the public sector needs to become more innovative in order to meet the demands of modern society. There is also a growing interest in public innovation amongst students of public policy and governance, who are currently working to define and conceptualize public innovation, analyze drivers of, and barriers to, innovation in the public sector, and prescribe ways to make the public sector more innovative. However, researchers have so far mainly theorized, studied and analyzed issues related to innovations in public services and public delivery. Few have payed attention to the fact that public service innovation takes place in a political context, and that innovations in polity, politics and policy are fundamental aspects of public innovation. A comprehensive research agenda on public innovation should therefore include studies of political innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages120
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-64612-7
ISBN (Electronic)9781003125457
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Public Management Review.


  • Political innovation
  • polity
  • politics
  • policy

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