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

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Columbia University Press, Sep 16, 2014 - Political Science - 352 pages
Market-based development strategies designed to help the worldŐs 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.

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1 Introduction to MarketOriented Social Development Approaches
2 Developing Social Change Models
3 Corporate Social Responsibility
4 Social Entrepreneurship
5 Private Sustainable Development
6 Fair Trade
Reflections on Strengths Limitations and Directions for Social Change Advocates

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

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