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 and the Challenge of Sustainable Development: Executive Summary of a TFSSE Position Paper

September 2014

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development: Executive Summary of a TFSSE Position Paper

The international development community recognizes the need to rethink development. Business-as-usual has not prevented financial and food crises, climate change, persistent poverty and rising inequality. Members and observers of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy have prepared a position paper titled Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development. The paper responds to the concern that the process of crafting a post-2015 development agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has paid insufficient attention to the role of SSE.

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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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