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Innovation, Human Capabilities, and DemocracyTowards an Enabling Welfare State$
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Reijo Miettinen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692613.001.0001

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Capability-cultivating services as a foundation for welfare and innovation policies

Capability-cultivating services as a foundation for welfare and innovation policies

(p.143) 7 Capability-cultivating services as a foundation for welfare and innovation policies
Innovation, Human Capabilities, and Democracy

Reijo Miettinen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 argues that the further development of the capability cultivating universal services created by the welfare state in the 1970s and 1980s constitute a key foundation for innovation and welfare policy in a knowledge-based economy. The financial crisis of the welfare state endangers the provision and quality of enabling services. The prevailing concepts of human capital and the cognitive conception of intelligence and skills are not sufficient for developing a capability policy. A socio-cultural concept of self and creativity is needed in order to contribute to the construction of a sustainable capability policy and for the development of the quality of enabling services. Developmental psychology has shown that play is instrumental for the development of the imagination and creativity that constitute the foundation for adult innovativeness. That is why play pedagogy needs to be developed in pre-school education and first grades of basic education.

Keywords:   capability cultivating services, imagination, play pedagogy, knowledge-based economy, human capital, intelligence, pre-school education, basic education

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