Specification and Research Context of Innovation in Social Services

  • Andreas LangerEmail author
  • Johannes Eurich
  • Simon Güntner


The history of social services is a history of innovation. Even if a specific service was introduced a very long time ago, an intentional creation of something new must have played a significant role in the process. Over time, changes will have been implemented to respond to changing needs or framework conditions, for instance. A historical example are the different variants of poor relief provided by public, church, civil society, and state actors, which over the centuries have been adjusted to societal and institutional developments (and played a role in shaping them). Thereby, the form in which the help and later the social service was offered to the poor corresponded to the specific worldviews and ideas of poverty prevailing at a given period in history, to developments in social law and to techniques, procedures, and methods that were known and could be employed in care, counselling, accommodation, support, and administration, all of which were provided on a voluntary and professional basis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Langer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johannes Eurich
    • 2
  • Simon Güntner
    • 3
  1. 1.Department Soziale ArbeitHAW HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Diakoniewissenschaftliches InstitutUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Fakultät Architektur und RaumplanungTU WienWienAustria

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