1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Publications


UNRISD pursues an active and varied publications programme, which includes in-house and commercially published books, special reports, programme and occasional papers, as well as newsletters on specific events and the Institute’s work in general.

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Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

This position paper has been prepared by members and observers of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy. It responds to the concern that the process of crafting a post-2015 development agenda and set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has paid insufficient attention to the role of what is becoming increasingly known as the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). Also available in Portuguese and Spanish.

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Burden of Disease in China: Contrasting Disease Burden Patterns of the General and the Migrant Workers Populations

July 2014

Burden of Disease in China: Contrasting Disease Burden Patterns of the General and the Migrant Workers Populations

Author: Alexander Krämer, Florian Fisher, Dietrich Plass, Paolo Pinheiro, Li Ling, Yuanyuan Sang, Jianli Kan, Heiko J. Jahn

This paper aims at describing the disease burdens of migrants and their specific health needs in contrast to the general population. Assuming that several diseases are more frequent in the migrant population, the literature review illustrates the relevance and challenges of selected diseases for this subpopulation. It further discusses the potential influence of this large subpopulation on the health status of the general Chinese population.

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La Consolidación de las Iniciativas de Economía Social y Solidaria: Alcances y Desafíos—Aproximación a Partir del Análisis de Procesos de Recuperación de Empresas de Argentina

July 2014

La Consolidación de las Iniciativas de Economía Social y Solidaria: Alcances y Desafíos—Aproximación a Partir del Análisis de Procesos de Recuperación de Empresas de Argentina

Author: María Victoria Deux Marzi

En el presente trabajo se describen y analizan procesos de recuperación de empresas desarrollados en Argentina durante el período 2000-2010. Entendemos por tales los procesos iniciados a partir de la quiebra o cierre de una empresa y de la decisión de los trabajadores de continuar con la actividad productiva y de asumir ellos mismos la gestión de la unidad económica. En las conclusiones observamos que cuanto menores sean las presiones para la competencia mercantil, mayores serán los espacios para construir dispositivos organizativos y de gestión que se distancien de los característicos del ciclo anterior y al mismo tiempo de las lógicas del mercado.

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The Continuing Enigmas of Social Policy

June 2014

The Continuing Enigmas of Social Policy

Author: Ben Fine

An index of the systemic nature of the current crisis is the weaknesses of intellectual responses to the crisis and the inability to offer convincing or viable remedies. These weak alternatives have swung between looking backwards to a Keynesian/interventionist renewal, and inventing alternative monikers for contemporary capitalism. This paper examines critically what has been one of the most successful intellectual contributions to the neoliberal period, Esping-Andersen’s Welfare Regimes Approach (WRA) to comparative social policy. The paper shows that the WRA has deep roots within the conditions of the post-war boom and, as a consequence, was already well past its "use by date" when it emerged in the 1990s. The paper offers an alternative in terms of a marriage between the developmental welfare state and (public sector) system of provision approaches. More specifically, it argues that understanding of, and proposals for, social policy need to situate it in a broader developmental context.

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La Presencia de la Economía Social y Solidaria y su Institucionalización en América Latina (Documento Ocasional)

June 2014

La Presencia de la Economía Social y Solidaria y su Institucionalización en América Latina (Documento Ocasional)

Author: José Luis Coraggio

Centrado en América Latina, este artículo examina el rol de las políticas públicas y el marco legal en relación con la institucionalización de la Economía Social y Solidaria (ESS). Estas instituciones pueden ser respuestas formales a prácticas y demandas sociales de abajo arriba, o intervenciones dirigidas de arriba abajo. La evolución de las reformas institucionales durante la última década sugiere que (i) éstas pueden ser fácilmente revertidas o perder su fuerza a través de los cambios en las prioridades del gobierno y de los partidos en el poder, y que (ii) su consolidación depende del apoyo activo y sostenido de los actores colectivos en diálogo permanente con el gobierno. Este artículo considera estos temas a través del examen de los casos de Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Bolivia y Ecuador.

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