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TERRA ECONOMICUS, , Vol. 17 (no. 3),

The purpose of this study is to develop the technique to assess the institutional support for social innovation activity. The concept of the institutional environment of the social innovation activity is introduced, with the focus on fundamental regulations, rules and customs creating the institutional structures which interact during the social innovation process. The authors show that despite the variety of studies on the institutional environment of social innovation activity, there is a lack of tools to effectively assess this environment so that it may more adequately reflect contemporary realities of management. The paper presents the authors’ technique for assessing the institutional support for the social innovation activity. Relevant tools include the systems of assessing the indicators of hybridity, flexibility, inclusiveness through institutions. To demonstrate the applicability of the technique, the empirical assessment is given to the institutional support in the public sector of Ekaterinburg (including housing and communal services, social security, sport, culture, education, road and transport). The data obtained enabled the authors to analyze the institutional support for social innovation activity in various spheres of the public sector of Ekaterinburg (Ural Federal District, Russia). Theoretical implications of the research are that it provides a framework for assessing the institutional environment for social innovations. Practical implications are that the research findings verify a comprehensive authors’ approach to assess the institutional support for social innovation activities in the research site (a city or a region).
Citation: Popov, E. V., Veretennikova, A. Y., and Safronova, A. A. (2019). Institutional support for social and innovation activity in the large city. Terra Economicus, 17(3), 48– 63. DOI: 10.23683/2073-6606-2019-17-3-48-63

Keywords: institutional environment; social innovations; economic institutions; sustainable city; hybridity; flexibility; inclusive institutions

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Publisher: Southern Federal University
Founder: Southern Federal University
ISSN: 2073-6606