New Strategies for Social Innovation: Market-Based Approaches for Assisting the Poor (Paperback)

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Market-based development strategies designed to help the world's poor receive significant support from advocates, academics, governments, and the media, yet frequently the perceived success of these programs rests on carefully selected examples and one-sided, enthusiastic accounts. In practice, these approaches are often poorly defined and executed, with little balanced, comparative analysis of their true strengths and weaknesses.

This book is the first to assess emerging market-based social change approaches comparatively, focusing specifically on social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, fair trade, and private sustainable development. Steven G. Anderson begins by identifying the problems these programs address and then describes their core, shared principles. He follows with a general framework for defining and evaluating these and other development approaches. Separate chapters provide background on the historical development and application of each approach, as well as interpretations of the processes for implementation and the underlying behavioral assumptions related to successful outcomes. A final chapter compares each approach across a set of important program development dimensions and analyzes the utility of market-based approaches as part of a general consideration of social development strategies for the developing world.

About the Author

Steven G. Anderson is professor and director of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and has served as a Fulbright Scholar in China. His research interests focus on strategies for improving the well-being of the poor.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780231159234
ISBN-10: 0231159234
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Pages: 344
Language: English