27 Apr 2012
Since the 2000’s the world has remarkably changed when it comes to the balance of economic prosperity. A “Shifting Wealth” process has started as larger developing countries like China and India grew faster in economic growth than high-income countries. This new phenomenon has a considerable impact on employment and social cohesion policies; it can offer both opportunities and challenges. The recently published OECD report “Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World” emphasizes the need for these developing countries to strengthen their social cohesion agenda’s. The report presents recommendations for policy makers focusing on three components of social cohesion: social inclusion, social capital and social mobility.
27 Apr 2012
Over the last two decades many theoretical analyses have been developed to study the concept of neighbourhood effects. Frequently, these studies propose social mixing and area based strategies to tackle supposed negative neighbourhood effects. However, living in a poorer neighbourhood does not necessarily have negative effects on residents.