Demos-Ethos: A Framework to Study the Basque and Icelandic Cases through Critical Social Innovation and Applied Ethics
Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (2015)
31 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 Nov 2015
Date Written: March 1, 2015
This paper presents a framework informed by two disciplines, Social Innovation and Applied Ethics, to be used in an on-going analysis of territorial democratic systems. The time frame chosen for the case studies is the period before and after the 2008 global crisis. In Iceland the crisis had an economic and political aspect affecting the self-understanding of the territory as a whole. In the Basque Country it also deals with the current peace process to settle down political violence and its causes. In both cases there are deep underlying value issues, but this paper introduces the results obtained in Iceland. While its democratic system has proven to be able to contest the causes of the crisis, there is no definitive evidence that the re-examination process that was opened on 6th October 2008 is resolved yet.
Keywords: democracy, regeneration, Iceland, Basque Country, critical social innovation, applied ethics
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