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Flagship 2010 Description

  • Project from: 2007 to 2010

The Flagship Report on Combating Poverty and Inequality will launch in September 2010. It is the culmination of all research inputs which make up the Project on Poverty Reduction and Policy Regimes, drawing analysis from the case studies and overview papers of the project, as well as building on insights from UNRISD research on Social Policy in a Development Context.

To access an informational flyer about the report, please click here.

Provisional Outline of the Report

Section One: Socially Inclusive Structural Change
Chapter 1: Towards Employment-Centered Structural Change
Chapter 2: Income Inequality and Structural Change
Chapter 3: Tackling Ethnic and Regional Inequalities
Chapter 4: Gender Inequalities at Home and in the Market

Section Two: Transformative Social Policy and Poverty Reduction
Chapter 5: Towards Universal Social Protection
Chapter 6: Universal Provision of Social Services
Chapter 7: Care and Well-being in a Development Context
Chapter 8: Financing Social Policy

Section Three: The Politics of Poverty Eradication
Chapter 9: Business, Power and Poverty reduction
Chapter 10: Building State Capacity for Poverty Reduction
Chapter 11: Democracy and the Politics of Poverty Reduction

Summary of Report Sections:

Section 1
Socially Inclusive Structural Change

This section explores the choices available to countries in pursuing developmental growth strategies and macroeconomic policies in contexts of increasing economic liberalization. It takes the view that poverty reduction is centrally about socially inclusive structural change and is inextricably intertwined with inequality reduction. It highlights the importance for poverty reduction of employment, redistributive, human capital and macroeconomic policies that are sensitive to both development and the well-being of low-income households. The causes, patterns and dynamics of wealth and income inequalities, and their effects on various dimensions of poverty, are examined. Included in the discussion are the role of global inter-sectoral terms of trade in determining movements of inequalities, and the redistributive policies of governments. The section also addresses the fact that, even when economies grow, and employment and incomes expand, benefits are rarely gender equal or distributed fairly across cleavages such as ethnicity and location.

Section 2
Transformative Social Policy and Poverty Reduction

This section makes the case for a broadened understanding of social policy, understood as state intervention that directly affects social welfare, social institutions and social relations, and discusses its integral role in the growth and structural transformation stories of many poverty-reducing countries. It takes the view that for social policy to serve as a transformative instrument against poverty, it must transcend its residual role of safety nets and deal with four broad concerns: distribution, protection, production and reproduction. Among the multiple tasks of social policy, specific aspects are addressed, including social protection, social services and care regimes, as will their financing. Fiscal effort and patterns of taxation vary considerably across countries with similar income levels, revealing laggards and good performers alike. The financing of social expenditures has implications for income distribution, welfare development and poverty reduction.

Section 3
The Politics of Poverty Eradication

This section takes a look at the power relations that lie at the centre of development and examines the importance of state capacity to overcome critical market failures, regulate business and other actors, establish social compacts for managing the process of development, as well as fund, provide, and regulate services and social programmes to deliver welfare-enhancing structural change. Institutional reform, particularly to redress dramatic losses to institutional capacity in the social sector vis-à-vis the technocratic capacity of sectors dealing with the economy and finance, is important. The section also examines how international development policy can engage the private sector more directly in strategies to reduce poverty, and discusses the varieties of state-business relations which have been more or less conducive to inclusive development and poverty reduction.

Thematic Papers:

The thematic papers commissioned for each chapter of the report are listed below. To download specific papers, please consult the Flagship Report webpage under 'Thematic Papers'.
  1. Armando Barrientos—Social Protection and Poverty
  2. Anthony Bebbington—Poverty Reduction and Social Movements: A Framework with Cases
  3. Cristina Bloj—The Budgeting Process and the Implications for Social Policies and Poverty Reduction: Alternatives to Traditional Models
  4. Michael Blowfield—Business, Corporate Responsibility and Poverty
  5. Robert Boyer—Growth Strategies and Poverty Reduction: The Institutional Complementarity Hypothesis
  6. Graham Brown and Arnim Langer—Spatial and Ethnic Inequalities and Development: Country Experiences
  7. Graham Brown and Arnim Langer—Horizontal Inequalities, Conflict and Public Policy
  8. Michelle J. Budig and Joya Misra—How Care Work Employment Shapes Earnings in a Cross-National Perspective
  9. Debbie Budlender—Time Use and Poverty
  10. C.P. Chandrasekhar—Financial Factors in Economic Growth
  11. Colin Crouch—CSR and Changing Modes of Governance: Towards Corporate Noblesse Oblige?
  12. Jonathan Di John—Fiscal Reforms, Developmental State Capacity and Poverty Reduction
  13. Nancy Folbre and Jayoung Yoon—Economic Development and Time Devoted to Direct Unpaid Care Activities: An Analysis of the Harmonized European Time Use Survey (HETUS)
  14. James Galbraith—Inequality and Structural Change
  15. Jayati Ghosh—Growth, Macroeconomic Policies and Structural Change
  16. Olivier Giovannoni—Functional Distribution of Income, Inequality and the Incidence of Poverty: Stylized Facts and the Role of Macroeconomic Policy
  17. Terence Gomez—Ethnic and Spatial Inequalities
  18. Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti—Gender, Poverty, and Social Policy Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Twenty-Four Upper-Income Countries
  19. Ricardo Gottschalk—The Effectiveness of the Macroeconomic Frameworks of the PRSPs for Growth and Poverty Reduction
  20. Ian Gough, with Miriam Abu Sharkh—Financing Welfare Regimes: Mapping Heterogeneous Revenue Structures
  21. James Heintz—Employment, Informality and Poverty: An Empirical Overview of Six Countries with a Focus on Gender and Race
  22. James Heintz—Employment, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction: Critical Issues and Policy Challenges
  23. Sara Hsu—The Effect of Political Regimes on Inequality, 1963–2002
  24. Nicola Hypher— Pro-Poor Provision of Social Services/Universal Provision of Social Services
  25. Mushtaq H. Khan—Governance, Growth and Development
  26. Parashar Kulkarni—Impact of the GATS on Basic Social Services Redux
  27. Hyunsub Kum—Inequality and Structural Change
  28. Tom Lavers—The Politics of Bilateral Donor Assistance
  29. Eddie Lee—Income Inequality and Redistributive Policies
  30. Adrian Leftwich—Developmental States, Effective States and Poverty Reduction: The Primacy of Politics
  31. Philip McMichael—Global Food Crisis: Causes and Prospects for Policy Alternatives
  32. Marcus André Melo—Democracy, Social Spending and Poverty
  33. Nadia Molenaers—Civil Society Participation under the New Aid Approach: Pluralist Prescriptions for Pro-Poor Interests?
  34. Ann Morissens—Migration, Welfare States and the Incorporation of Migrants in Different Welfare Regimes
  35. Paresh Kumar Narayan—Social Services in High Growth Developing Countries
  36. Andrew Nickson—Managerial Reforms and Developmental State Capacity
  37. Adam Sheingate—Agrarian Social Pacts and Poverty Reduction
  38. Rachel Slater—Cash Transfers, Social Protection and Poverty Reduction
  39. Guy Standing—Labour Market Policies, Poverty and Insecurity
  40. Rob van Tulder—The Role of Business in Poverty Reduction: Towards a Sustainable Corporate Story?
  41. Nicola Wermer—Literature Review: Social Protection of the Rural Population