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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Do Policies for Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Deliver What They Promise? Social Gains and Repercussions in Iran, Indonesia and Ghana

January 2015

Do Policies for Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Deliver What They Promise? Social Gains and Repercussions in Iran, Indonesia and Ghana

Author: Eirik S. Lindebjerg, Wei Peng, Stephen Yeboah

Fossil fuel subsidies reform has been intensively debated and promoted as a concrete step towards sustainable development, with anticipated benefits of reduced carbon emissions, saved public spending, and improved social distribution. But does this "triple-win" policy deliver what it promises? This working paper focuses on the social "win"—the narrative of social and distributional gains of the energy subsidies reform.

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State-Business Relations and the Financing of the Welfare State in Argentina and Chile: Challenges and Prospects

December 2014

State-Business Relations and the Financing of the Welfare State in Argentina and Chile: Challenges and Prospects

Author: Jamee Moudud, Esteban Pérez Caldentey, Enrique Delamonica

This paper examines the ways in which taxation, social and labour policies in Argentina and Chile have been shaped by state-business relations and capital-labour relations in a context where business organizations/associations have different degrees of cohesiveness through time. At the heart of the theoretical framework is the view that social democratic/egalitarian/progressive policy proposals must incorporate the role of unequal power relations in the shaping of such policies. The authors suggest that the implementation and maintenance over time of such policies by the state is a contested process that mediates between business pressures for pro-business policies and the larger society’s demands for social justice.

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Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Development in Nicaragua: The Role of Cooperatives and Collective Action

December 2014

Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Development in Nicaragua: The Role of Cooperatives and Collective Action

Author: Peter Utting, Amalia Chamorro, Christopher Bacon

This paper examines how cooperatives affected and were affected by the profound political, economic and social transitions that have occurred in Nicaragua in recent decades. It pays particular attention to the shift from the post-revolutionary Sandinista regime of the 1980s to the “neoliberal” regime of the 1990s and early 2000s.

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From Consensus to Contention: Changing Revenue and Policy Dynamics in Uganda

December 2014

From Consensus to Contention: Changing Revenue and Policy Dynamics in Uganda

Author: Anne Mette Kjær, Marianne S. Ulriksen

This paper examines how the changing relationships between the Ugandan government, on the one side, and citizens and donors, on the other, affect public policy priorities. The authors hypothesize that citizens can affect government’s policy priority both as voters, as represented by civil society organizations and as tax payers, whereas the influence of donors is largely driven by the extent to which the government is reliant on aid. The analysis shows how the relationships have shifted from being consensual between the government, the citizens and donors on the desirability of poverty eradication strategies and social spending, to relationships for which consensus is waning and the government is moving (back) to policies of infrastructural development and structural transformation of the economy.

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Political and Institutional Drivers of Social Security Universalization in Brazil

December 2014

Political and Institutional Drivers of Social Security Universalization in Brazil

Author: Marcus André Campelo de Melo

This paper discusses the political and institutional factors that shaped the emergence and consolidation of a universal health system (SUS) in Brazil after the transition to democracy in the late 1980s. It argues that a combination of political incentives and political, fiscal and institutional capacities have been at the root of the process of creating such a system.

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