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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Welfare: Theoretical and Analytical Paradigms

September 2014

Welfare: Theoretical and Analytical Paradigms

Author: Susanne MacGregor

The paper reviews paradigms of welfare, principally the industrialization thesis, the three worlds of welfare and social investment states and shows how these link to wider public policies and underlying assumptions. It locates explanations in historical and contemporary contexts. The literature of social policy is seen to be both descriptive and prescriptive and to have developed in response to key crises.

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The Interaction between Popular Economy, Social Movements and Public Policies: A Case Study of the Waste Pickers’ Movement

September 2014

The Interaction between Popular Economy, Social Movements and Public Policies: A Case Study of the Waste Pickers’ Movement

Author: Angelique van Zeeland

This paper examines the challenges of expansion and sustainability of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). It focuses on the interaction between popular economy and SSE, and stresses the importance of collective action and public policies to enable the transition from the informal economy toward SSE. The main focus is on the waste pickers’ movement.

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Social and Solidarity Economy: Is There a New Economy in the Making?

September 2014

Social and Solidarity Economy: Is There a New Economy in the Making?

Author: Peter Utting, Nadine van Dijk, Marie-Adélaïde Matheï

This paper examines questions such as: are we seeing in SSE the foundations of a new economy that not only significantly reduces the scope for negative social and environmental externalities associated with conventional for-profit enterprise, but also fosters equitable patterns of resource and surplus distribution and promotes social, cultural and power relations that can be considered democratic, empowering and emancipatory? As SSE expands, the organizations and enterprises involved often become more immersed in relations with markets and state institutions. How do such relations affect SSE? What forms of collective action and participation can ensure that closer interaction with both states and markets can facilitate, rather than undermine, SSE and its core values? It synthesizes the insights and findings of some 70 papers and think pieces prepared under the research project on Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy organized by the Institute.

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Reforming Pensions in Developing and Transition Countries

August 2014

Reforming Pensions in Developing and Transition Countries

Author: Katja Hujo

This book moves beyond technical studies of pension systems to firmly ground the analysis of recent pension reforms in developing and transition countries in the socioeconomic and political contexts of these countries. It addresses the political economy of pension reform, the relative benefits in terms of social and economic development of various pension models (for example, pay-as-you-go versus funded schemes; contributory versus non-contributory programmes) as well as challenges to managing and reforming pension systems in development and transition contexts.

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The Hidden Side of Social and Solidarity Economy: Social Movements and the “Translation” of SSE into Policy (Latin America)

August 2014

The Hidden Side of Social and Solidarity Economy: Social Movements and the “Translation” of SSE into Policy (Latin America)

Author: Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

International organizations and governmental institutions are increasingly interested in obtaining support from social movements and SSE organizations for new public policies and laws that encourage their engagement and participation from below, and facilitate their access to the new policy schemes. This underscores the growing importance of civil society actors in rethinking "development" and in devising and effecting development policy, particularly in the current period of global crisis. This paper addresses a concern resulting from this--namely, the process of translation of SSE practices into state policy. Drawing on the example of three well-known Latin American movements,the paper examines the tension underpinning SSE practices and the state, and how the former can be subordinated to the logic of the state with significant implications for emancipatory politics and practice.

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