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What governments can do to support social innovation: the evolving national policy menu

Over the last decade, at least a dozen national governments have attempted to design and implement policies for social innovation.

These countries have varied greatly in nature. They include the US, Canada, France, Denmark and India, and include a good proportion of countries in Europe.

South Korea’s newly elected President recently took a further step forward in May 2017, when he appointed a Secretary for Social Innovation as one of his policy leads.

In this new paper, I summarise some of the key policy tools that national governments have used or considered, and which together provide a menu of options for any future national governments that want to develop a more comprehensive strategy for social innovation.


Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan was Chief Executive of Nesta from 2011-2019.

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