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

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

Author: Peter Utting, Christopher Bacon, Amalia Chamorro

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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The Drivers of Universal Health Care in South Africa: The Role of Ideas, Institutions and Actors

December 2014

The Drivers of Universal Health Care in South Africa: The Role of Ideas, Institutions and Actors

Author: Rebecca Surender

This paper outlines the opportunities and challenges posed by the proposed NHI reforms in South Africa. It begins by explaining the country’s current system of health care provision including its human resource structure, functions and cost implications. It then summaries the deficits and limitations of the current two-tiered health system and discusses what NHI is trying to achieve within this context and how it hopes to address the problems. Finally, the paper examines the political and institutional challenges the reforms will face with a particular focus on the actors involved.

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India’s Fragmented Social Protection System: Three Rights Are in Place; Two Are Still Missing

December 2014

India’s Fragmented Social Protection System: Three Rights Are in Place; Two Are Still Missing

Author: Santosh Mehrotra, Neha Kumra, Ankita Gandhi

This paper discusses the key role of civil society mobilization and political support that has led to the implementation of the principles of the Right to Work (albeit mostly in rural areas), the Right to Education and the Right to Food in India.

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