Politiques et Management Public


When social innovation renews public action. A cross-section of French and Korean SSE expériences Volume 41, issue 1, janvier-mars 2024

a Le Mans Université et ARGUMans
b Aix-Marseille Univ, CNRS, LEST, Aix-en-Provence, France
* Auteur correspondant : <nadine.richez-battesti@univ-amu.fr>

We contrast the institutionalization trajectories of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) in two countries, South Korea and France, which have chosen to develop specific public policies dedicated to the SSE. Our analysis aims to show how social innovation by the SSE helps to renew public policy. In answer to this question, we observe a process of homogenization-differentiation. Indeed, we show that the processes of institutionalization of the SSE unfold according to two conceptions of social innovation that illustrate two facets of the renewal of public action. In Korea, they are based on the production of goods and services with a social purpose by private actors, and in France on co-construction processes that have been widely experimented with by SSE actors, but which remain unfinished. On the other hand, we observe a process of convergence between the two countries based on an increasing heterogeneity of SSE actors in each national context.