The role of social innovation policy in social service sector reform : Evidence from Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-364
Journal / PublicationJournal of Social Policy
Volume51
Issue number2
Online published29 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This article illustrates how the term social innovation is used in the public policy domain in Hong Kong in relation to the new public management (NPM) reform of the social service sector, which originated in the early 2000s. Through document reviews and interviews, the role that social innovation policy has played in instigating changes in the contemporary social service field in the post-NPM era is identified. This includes facilitating emergence of new forms of social entrepreneurial activities to fill unmet social needs, empowering new actors in entering the social service sector, and reinforcing the government's position in the NPM reform. Adopting historical institutionalism as the analytical framework, multiple path-dependent characteristics arising from the historical legacies of the incumbent social service environment - such as the longstanding partnership between the state and non-profits - are highlighted. These historical factors have weakened the efficacy of the policy efforts aimed at enacting institutional change. Overall, this article demonstrates how historical context matters in the emergence and framing of social innovation policy. It contributes to the theorisation of the role of social innovation in social service sector development in East Asia. © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press.

Research Area(s)

  • Hong Kong, institutional change, new public management, non-profit sector, social innovation, social service reform

Citation Format(s)

The role of social innovation policy in social service sector reform: Evidence from Hong Kong. / Chan, Chee Hon; Chui, Cheryl Hiu-Kwan; Chandra, Yanto.
In: Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 51, No. 2, 29.04.2022, p. 346-364.

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