How do social innovations contribute to growth-independent territorial development? Case studies from a Swiss mountain region

Mayer, Heike; Tschumi, Pascal; Perren, Romario; Seidl, Irmi; Winiger, Andrea; Wirth, Samuel (2021). How do social innovations contribute to growth-independent territorial development? Case studies from a Swiss mountain region. Die Erde, 152(4), pp. 218-231. Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin 10.12854/erde-2021-592

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In this article we investigate the role of social innovations in territorial development. More specifically we examine the ways in which social innovations can contribute to growth-independent local and regional development. By growthindependent territorial development we understand the ways in which a society, including its economy and its institutions, can continue to fulfil/ its functions such as providing public services, while not being existentially dependent on economic growth. Growth independence is a precondition for a post-growth society. Based on case studies of social innovations in the Bernese Ober/and {Switzerland), this article shows that the examined social innovations can contribute to economic growth independence through entrepreneurial decisions that foster (re-)localization, de-commercialization, low capital intensity, and self-governance. These decisions help make the social innovation initiatives growth-independent and hence they contribute to a post-growth society. Our research adds to the literature on the role of social innovation for a post-growth society and clarifies the role of socially innovative initiatives in territorial development.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Heike; Tschumi, Pascal; Perren, Romario; Winiger, Andrea and Wirth, Samuel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0013-9998

Publisher:

Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin

Language:

English

Submitter:

Carmen Metzler

Date Deposited:

18 Feb 2022 16:10

Last Modified:

18 Feb 2022 16:10

Publisher DOI:

10.12854/erde-2021-592

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/165070

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/165070

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