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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UNRISD Classics, Volume I: Social Policy and Inclusive Development

April 2015

UNRISD Classics, Volume I: Social Policy and Inclusive Development

Author: Katja Hujo, Ilcheong Yi

This is the first volume in the UNRISD Classics series, which were produced for our 50th anniversary and bring together half a century of the Institute's research on social policy, gender and sustainable development.

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UNRISD Classics, Volume II: Gendered Dimensions of Development

April 2015

UNRISD Classics, Volume II: Gendered Dimensions of Development

Author: Shahra Razavi, Silke Staab

This is the second volume in the UNRISD Classics series, which were produced for our 50th anniversary and bring together half a century of the Institute's research on social policy, gender and sustainable development.

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UNRISD Classics, Volume III: Revisiting Sustainable Development

April 2015

UNRISD Classics, Volume III: Revisiting Sustainable Development

Author: Peter Utting

This is the third volume in the UNRISD Classics series, which were produced for our 50th anniversary and bring together half a century of the Institute's research on social policy, gender and sustainable development.

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Ending Violence Against Women in Asia: International Norm Diffusion and Global Opportunity Structures for Policy Change

June 2016

Ending Violence Against Women in Asia: International Norm Diffusion and Global Opportunity Structures for Policy Change

Author: Jacqui True

This UNRISD working paper explores how the global context of norm diffusion, state ranking, conflict and advocacy networking affects societal and policy change in the region to strengthen women’s rights. It highlights the increased visibility and reporting of VAW as a result of international norm diffusion particularly via the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the pressure exerted by intergovernmental organizations on governments to address VAW. It argues that non-state actors, especially global media and regional advocacy networks, have energized the push to end the culture of impunity for VAW.

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Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa: An Empirical Exercise

May 2016

Colonial Legacies and Social Welfare Regimes in Africa: An Empirical Exercise

Author: Thandika Mkandawire

This paper identifies three types of welfare regimes in Africa, based on the insight that tax and expenditure regimes are closely associated. Using cluster analysis, the author highlights historical legacies in current welfare policies, demonstrating that welfare regimes in Africa have been strongly determined by the ways in which different countries were incorporated into the colonial economy. The author finds that many of the new social welfare reforms are taking place in what he refers to as labour reserve economies, and are generally internally rather than aid-driven. He stresses the importance of thinking of social expenditure in relationship to domestic resource mobilization, and finds that the focus on aid and social expenditure has tended to obscure this important aspect of welfare regimes in Africa.

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