ABSTRACT. This paper proposes a political theory of social innovation. The paper begins by introducing and reviewing recent claims made for the ways in which social innovation can co-create public goods and services by utilizing forms of collection intelligence (CI) and CI Internet-based platforms. The paper provides a discussion and classification of the literature on collective intelligence before investigation the question of new forms and ways of delivering public goods and services through forms of co-creation and co-production. pp. 7–23
JEL codes: O31; Q55; L86

Keywords: social innovation; political theory; collective intelligence; co-creation; public goods

How to cite: Peters, Michael A., and Richard Heraud (2015), “Toward a Political Theory of Social Innovation: Collective Intelligence and the Co-Creation of Social Goods,” Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics 3(3): 7–23.

Received 8 May 2015 • Received in revised form 21 May 2015
Accepted 26 May 2015 • Available online 15 September 2015

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