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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2011): Welfare state - overseas

Gazing at welfare, gender and agency in post-socialist countries

M. Jappinen, M. Kulmala and A. Saarinen (editors)

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2011

The volume presents a new and unique view of welfare in Russia and Eastern European countries from an intersectional perspective of welfare, gender and agency. Since the collapse of socialism, the welfare structures of the post-socialist states have experienced large and rapid changes. Discussions of the welfare reform models serve as the integrating theme for the volume. The authors discuss past and current developments and make comparisons in time and space–between the early 1990s and late 2000s and between post-socialist and transitional countries. Welfare and political democratisation are analysed on the one hand as structures and processes and on the other hand as cultural meanings and through agency, which all are strongly gendered.

Non-profit self-regulation in comparative perspective: themes and debates

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 39, 2010, p. 1027-1112

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organisations around the world face growing demands for transparency and accountability from funders, beneficiaries, government, the media and citizens. As a result nonprofits are increasingly engaged in collective efforts to develop joint standards and measures of nonprofit accountability through self-regulation. In spite of the growth in such initiatives, little research examines self-regulation in a systematic way across settings. This mini symposium addresses this gap by taking a comparative perspective on self-regulation initiatives in three regions: sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe. The introductory paper sets the stage by providing a common framework and typology for understanding self-regulatory initiatives. The three papers that follow examine the commonalities and differences in the forms of self-regulation that emerge across these three regions.

Poor bear brunt of cuts to save Irish economy

H. McDonald

The Guardian, Dec. 8th 2010, p. 28

Ireland began four years of tax rises and welfare cuts yesterday after the parliament narrowly passed the harshest budget in the republic's history. An increase in Ireland's national insurance contributions, a €10m cut in child benefits and €1 off the minimum wage are among the measures passed.

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