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: 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

This paper addresses another concern resulting from this disposition of international development policy with regards to social movements—namely, the process of translation of SSE practices into state policy. Translation here refers to the processes, mechanisms and dynamics through which the state incorporates into policy the cooperative and solidarity ethos of SSE practised by social movements. The problem that arises is that the state tends to fit SSE into the logic of power rather than enabling the transformative aspects of SSE to flourish.

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Policy Actors and Policy Making for Better Migrant Health in China: From a Policy Network Perspective

July 2014

Policy Actors and Policy Making for Better Migrant Health in China: From a Policy Network Perspective

Author: Yapeng Zhu, Kinglun Ngok, Wenmin Li

Given the phenomenal scale of internal migration in China, migrant health has become a prominent policy issue. Various policy actors are now involved in the development of migrant health policy. However, little is known about who the main policy actors are, what roles they play, how they interact with each other, and how they might improve their collaboration for better migrant health. This paper aims to identify the main policy actors and explore their roles in migrant health policy making.

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Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

July 2014

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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