In a time where governments and civil society organizations are putting ever-greater stock in social innovation as a route to transformation, understanding what characterizes social innovation with transformative potential is important. Exciting and promising ideas seem to die out as often as they take flight, and market mechanisms, which go a long way towards contributing to successful technical innovations, play an insignificant role in social innovations. The cases in this book explore the evolution of successful social innovation through time, from the ideas which catalysed social and system entrepreneurs to create new processes, platforms, projects and programs to fundamental social shifts in culture, economics, laws and policies which occurred as a result. In doing so, the authors shed light on how to recognize transformative potential in the early stage innovations we see today.
This book presents an analysis of betterment and compensation issues under the Land Use Rights
(LURs) System in China since 1988. The topic originates from the observation of widening inequity
and increasing uncertainty associated with the failure of government to adequately address
betterment and compensation issues. An analytical framework of institutions and property rights is
employed to examine socio-economic impacts under the LURs system, in particular, the role of the
state is analyzed to explore the effects of government intervention in land markets.