Social innovation in russian scientific discourse

Innovación Social en el discurso científico ruso


The concept of social innovation is the subject of active discussion in almost any country of the world. This trend is typical of Russia too, and the introduction of social innovation in our country was discussed back in the Soviet period. Taking into account the fact that Russian research findings are not included in the international discourse on a wide scale, we consider it important to summarize the experience in the field of social innovation and highlight characteristic features of its development. The paper consistently analyzes the works of Russian scientists of different periods; this allows us to trace the transformation of views on the social innovation essence. Addressing practical aspects in the social innovation development, we find that the main features of their implementation in Russia are as follows: prevalence of top-down initiatives, development of social entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector of the economy, and creation of support infrastructure.

Key words: Social innovation, Russian context, civil society, social entrepreneurship, economic theory, social economy.



El concepto de innovación social es un tema en discusión activa en cualquier país del mundo. Esta tendencia también se presenta en Rusia. La introducción de la innovación social en nuestro país se discutió en el período soviético. Teniendo en cuenta el hecho de que los resultados de la investigación rusa no están incluidos en el discurso internacional a gran escala, consideramos importante presentar la experiencia rusa en el campo de la innovación social y resaltar los rasgos característicos de su desarrollo. El artículo analiza los trabajos de científicos rusos en diferentes períodos, esto nos permite rastrear la transformación de los puntos de vista sobre la esencia de la innovación social. Al abordar aspectos prácticos en el desarrollo de la innovación social, encontramos que las principales características de su implementación en Rusia son las siguientes: prevalencia de iniciativas de arriba hacia abajo, desarrollo del emprendimiento social y del sector sin ánimo de lucro y la creación de infraestructura de apoyo.

Palabras clave: innovación social, contexto ruso, sociedad civil, emprendimiento social, teoría económica, economía social.




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Popov, A. V., & Solov’eva, T. S. (2019). Social innovation in russian scientific discourse. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 3(2), 14-22. Retrieved from
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