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A Study in the Rehabilitation of a Concept

Benoît Godin

For centuries, innovation was a political and contested concept and linguistic weapon used against one's enemy. To support their case, opponents of innovation made use of arguments from ethos and pathos to give power and sustenance to their criticisms and to challenge the innovators. However, since the nineteenth century the arguments have changed completely. Innovation gradually got rehabilitated. This article looks at one type of rehabilitation: the semantic rehabilitation. People started to reread history and to redescribe what innovation is. What was bad innovation became good innovation because of long-lasting and beneficial effects, so it was believed.

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Representation of Innovation in Seventeenth-Century England

A View from Natural Philosophy

Benoît Godin

To scholars, the concept of innovation is intimately linked to science and industry. But this is a very recent story. Before the twentieth century, the concept was mainly used in religious and political affairs. The concept had a pejorative meaning

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The English Reformation and the Invention of Innovation, 1548–1649

Benoît Godin

contrary to the same; without swearing to any innovation of policie discipline of the kirk.” Such is a king's oath of coronation, as James Hamilton, Scottish Commissioner, put it in 1638. 1 Compare this statement to that of David Lindsay, Bishop of Brechin

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Innovation in Protest Strategies of Ethiopian Immigrants’ Organizations in Israel

Adi Binhas

the working methods of IEO organizations in recent years? What specific innovations have enhanced the effectiveness of IEO organizations vis-à-vis the government and the public agenda? Using theories of NGO activity, the article analyzes the recent

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Innovations in Israel’s Civics Textbooks

Enlightening Trends in Non-Western Democracies

Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Paz Carmel, and Alon Levkowitz

at home and globally ( Lupia 2015 ; Morris et al. 2002: 184 ). And indeed, there are many examples of innovation in civics education in the West. In the United Kingdom, Conservatives introduced changes to civics curricula in the 1980s that stressed

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Reconceptualizing Democratic Innovation

“Democratic Innovation Repertoires” and their Impact Within and Beyond Social Movements

Cristina Flesher Fominaya

solidarity and increased boundaries between “us” and “them” in imagined communities under threat. It has curtailed democratic rights and freedoms to protest and assembly, but also stimulated democratic innovation, in many cases in the form of citizen

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Innovation in Israel

Between Politics, Society, and Culture

Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Fany Yuval, and Assaf Meydani

The past decade has witnessed a growing number of theoretical and empirical studies analyzing the components of innovation; the ways in which it filters into political, social, and cultural systems; how it accelerates; what drives its existence

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Returnees, Institutions, and Networks

Making Space for Technology Entrepreneurship in Beirut

William Benton

While engaged in fieldwork, I spent an afternoon at a cafe in downtown Beirut with a group of project managers affiliated with a corporate-funded entrepreneurship and innovation nonprofit. We were working on a ‘map’ of the local technology

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Adaptive Regulation

A Possible Model for Regulation and Innovation in Personal Social Services

Lihi Lahat and Yekoutiel Sabah

characteristics of these services and responding to the need for innovation in public organizations. We propose a comprehensive regulatory process, based on learning, collaboration, and flexible features, as well as a new rhetorical language. By personal social

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The Academic Reserve

Israel's Fast Track to High-Tech Success

Gil Baram and Isaac Ben-Israel

reputation as the ‘start-up nation’ and as a major source of technological innovation? The current state of Israel's high-tech and cyber arena is remarkable. As a percentage of GDP, Israel's spending on research and development (R&D) is the highest in the