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.

This section provides a catalogue of our publications, and free online access to many of them. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed when new publications are posted on this Web site.

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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

October 2016

Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report helps unpack the complexities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a unique way: by focusing on the innovations and pathways to policy change, and analysing which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and ecological justice. Drawing on numerous policy innovations from the South, the report goes beyond buzzwords and brings to the development community a definition of transformation which can be used as a benchmark for policy making toward the 2030 Agenda, intended to “leave no one behind”. Bringing together five years of UNRISD research across six areas—social policy, care policy, social and solidarity economy, eco-social policy, domestic resource mobilization, and politics and governance—the report explores what transformative change really means for societies and individuals.

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Multi-Sectoral Partnerships and Power

August 2016

Multi-Sectoral Partnerships and Power

Author: Moira Faul

Public-private partnerships are considered critical to implementing the new global 2030 sustainable development agenda. This paper advances a systems understanding of the ways in which power relations in specific contexts may shape partnerships, influencing which partners may be included and excluded (elements); how these elements relate to each other (relations); and the partnership that is produced (system).

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Redrawing the Welfare Map: New Directions in Social Policy in the Mena Region

October 2016

Redrawing the Welfare Map: New Directions in Social Policy in the Mena Region

It is often assumed that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region lacks effective social welfare systems and is reform resistant. Yet, there is growing evidence of long-standing, complex systems of social protection provided by a variety of actors and, in the wake of the popular uprisings of 2011, significant reform efforts. This MENA country cluster study, part of the UNRISD project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South, assesses the background, nature and impacts of these initiatives in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia.

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Feminist Mobilization, Claims Making and Policy Change: Insights from Asia

September 2016

Feminist Mobilization, Claims Making and Policy Change: Insights from Asia

Author: Nitya Rao, Paola Cagna

This paper aims to understand how policy change for women’s rights occurs, and what factors and conditions facilitate non-state actors’ influence over policy processes. It argues that policy change is a complex and iterative process, and explores the range of actors that mobilize for/against gender equality policy change, with a particular focus on women’s movements. The paper provides insights on how women interact with other actors and how they articulate their claims to effectively influence the policy process.

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Feminist Activism and the Politics of Reform: When and Why Do States Respond to Demands for Gender-Equality Policies?

September 2016

Feminist Activism and the Politics of Reform: When and Why Do States Respond to Demands for Gender-Equality Policies?

Author: Anne Marie Goetz, Rob Jenkins

Under what conditions is gender-equality policy advocacy successful? This paper examines a segment of the growing quantitative comparative political science literature that seeks to answer this question. Recent scholarship emphasizes such factors as the strength of women’s movements and the forms of opposition to which their policy demands gives rise. Variables such as the nature of the state or the economy, are also seen strongly to influence whether women mobilize to make claims on the state, the issues they politicize and their chances of success.

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