Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett keynote address at Governance Innovation Week 2015, University of Pretoria entitled “Why greater equality makes societies stronger”. The address was filmed on 3 June 2015.
Numbers dominate global politics and, as a result, our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with climate change, poverty and sustainability. But what is behind these numbers?
GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti presented his new book at the German American Institute in Heidelberg, Germany on 14 October 2014.
In How Numbers Rule the World, Lorenzo Fioramonti reveals the hidden agendas underpinning the use of statistics and those who control them. Most worryingly, he shows how numbers have been used as a means to reinforce the grip of markets on our social and political life, curtailing public participation and rational debate.
Are cooperatives better suited to deal with crises: perspectives from Europe and South America
(GovInn, June 2014)
Author: Claudia Sanchez Bajo
There has been little research on cooperatives within regionalism and in particular, how regionalism works in an effort to compare policy making between two regional integration processes. This work will first analyse the role of cooperatives in regionalism in terms of policy, including standards, enterprise statutes and statistics, with particular regard to the role of the networks in the initiatives and their participation in regional integration policy making. The building of networks is one of the expected spillovers from regionalism. However, in the concept of ‘new regionalism’, the role of business actors is enhanced through networks promoting both entrepreneurial action as well as strategic influence on the development path of the countries involved.
Author: L. Fioramonti
Will the European Union survive the global economic crisis? Will the Arab Spring trigger new forms of regional cooperation in North Africa? Will Asian regionalism prevail? This volume investigates the intimate relationship between regional governance processes and global crises. Starting with a thorough analysis of the so-called Eurocrisis and its impact on the European Union, the contributors look at how regional cooperation and integration in the Arab world, Africa, Asia and Latin America have been improved or challenged by local and global crises. Through a selection of topical studies dealing with economic, humanitarian and democratic crises, they discuss the future evolutions of regional governance and call for a new paradigm to put ‘citizens’ at the centre of regionalism.
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