1963-2018 - 55 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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Transformative Change for Children and Youth in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

March 2019

Transformative Change for Children and Youth in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Author: Katja Hujo, Maggie Carter
Co-Publisher: UNICEF

The objective of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework to help assess the transformative potential of policies – particularly with regard to their impact on children and youth – and how these are meaningfully integrated and represented in decision-making processes. It will shed light on the policy space for transformative change by analysing a range of relevant factors which present both challenges and opportunities for fostering child rights and well-being through the implementation of Agenda 2030.

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The Politics of Resource Bargaining, Social Relations and Institutional Development in Zimbabwe Since Independence

January 2019

The Politics of Resource Bargaining, Social Relations and Institutional Development in Zimbabwe Since Independence

Author: Richard Saunders

This paper examines evolving models and experiences of domestic resource mobilization in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980. Grounded in UNRISD’s Politics of Domestic Resource Mobilization and Social Development project, the study explores key questions around the nature and dynamics of resource bargaining over revenue mobilization and allocation; the changes in relationships among key actors; and the forms and outcomes of institutional development surrounding resource bargaining processes.

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Stabilizing Networks? Social Organizations and Old Age Services in Urban Communities in China

December 2018

Stabilizing Networks? Social Organizations and Old Age Services in Urban Communities in China

Author: Bingqin Li, Lijie Fang, Bo Hu

The paper studies China's rapidly increasing demand for old-age care and relevant services for elderly people because of population ageing. Faced with these newly emerging needs, demands, and higher expectations for more personalized services, the state recognized that it is impossible to play the paternalistic role as it has done in the past, by prescribing which services people can access and delivering them at the minimal level. Instead, the state must now rely on other actors to cope with the mounting challenges.

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Policy Process Diffusion: Transforming the Governance Model in Chinese Cities

December 2018

Policy Process Diffusion: Transforming the Governance Model in Chinese Cities

Author: Bingqin Li, Lijie Fang

This paper studies the increasing migrant population in Chinese cities that created serious challenges for the hosting cities. Ignoring migrants’ need for a social integration population might help the government or host society save money in the short term, however, it can sow the seeds of social instability in the long term. Local governments in China are concerned that they have to cope with the economic, social and political pressure resulting from a rapid growth in the urban population.

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Social Organizations and Community Service Delivery in China

December 2018

Social Organizations and Community Service Delivery in China

Author: Bingqin Li, Lijie Fang

This working paper is the first of three. It provides an overarching framework for the research and the social-economic background and the policy background that underpins the new trend of changing social service delivery in China. This work also provides an overview of the research methods used in the field research and the summary findings of our research in two policy sectors—old age care and community social service provision. The other two reports provide more details regarding these two policy sectors.

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