|Research and essays about social, political and economic change|
Basic Demographics, part 1. Population
Asian Metacentre research
and consequences. Click on publications or on research.
Yale Global Online has a
summary "For Better Planning, Watch Global Demographic Trends"
from December 2012
Rand has a section on population http://www.rand.org/topics/demography.html Some of the reports are free. One example is "How Demographic Trends Will Change the World Through 2050" from 2011.
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Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/ GaWC was initially set up as a vehicle for organising world city research at Loughborough University. It is in the process of developing and expanding into a teaching resource and a site of interest for those working in advanced city services in both the private and public sectors.
the Study of Globalization and Regionalization Working Paper
more general, for example two papers from 2002 are
Democratisation in East Asia, and Explaining systemic change:
The political economy of post-communist transformations.
Two papers from 1999 are Approaching the Global Polity by Morten
Ougaard, and Global Civil Society: Changing the World? by Jan
"Polity Global Transformations text-site, devised by
David Held and Anthony McGrew. On these pages you
will find a whole host of information on globalization,
including: researching globalization, globalization, interviews,
links to sites of related interest, an executive summary
of the key features of globalization."
Can There be
a Global Society? http://www.gwu.edu/%7Eccps/etzioni/articles2.html
global society require global state. Other papers of interest
are there too.
Center for global
some interesting on line publications. Click on
publications, then search for the term "globalization"
IMF page on globalization http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/key/global.htm .
Sites about changes
in political systems, eg, democracy, communism, conflict
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Patterns of Diffusion in the Third Wave of Democracy http://www3.nd.edu/~mcoppedg/crd/papscrd.htm by Coppedge and Brinks. They trace out patterns of diffusion of democracy. Among other results, they find support for a pattern of diffusion in which countries tend to become more like their immediate geographic neighbors. Also see his class page as of October 2004 for this chapter, Defining and Measuring Democracy
Post-Communist Political Economies http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=5852
National Academy Press, 1998. Joan M. Nelson, Charles
Tilly, and Lee Walker, Editors; Task Force on Economies in
Transition, National Research Council. 1998. You can
download entire book or chapters. "This ground-breaking
new volume focuses on the interaction between political, social,
and economic change in Central and Eastern Europe and the New
Independent States. It includes a wide selection of analytic
papers, thought-provoking essays by leading scholars in diverse
fields, and an agenda for future research.".
Read our review here. http://gsociology.icaap.org/transforming.html (and then click back to return to this page)
Center for the study of democracy http://www.democracy.uci.edu/ Their papers are here http://escholarship.org/uc/csd A search for democracy returns papers like "Can Western Democracy Models be institutionalized in Africa? Reviewing Contemporary Problems and Prospects" Ezeanyika, Ezeanyika S. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies 36:2, 2011, and "Democratic Quality in Stable Democracies" Lijphart, Arend, Society (1936-4725) 48:1, 2011
University of California International and Area Studies
digital collection http://escholarship.org/uc/gaia
couple of on line books about political change, such as Chinese
Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation.Yang,
New York Democracy Forum http://www.fpa.org/topics_info2414/topics_info_show.htm?doc_id=271309 these are video's of talks. Especially has a talk, "Do We Really Know How to Promote Democracy?" by Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Pdf's of the talks are also available.
The Roots of Democracy http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/6588 By Carles Boix, professor of political science at the University of Chicago. This article is in Hoover Institutions Policy Review, Feb/March 2006. "Finally, short of the path of economic modernization, democracy can be established only through radical and violent change imposed from abroad. ... To be sustainable, it needs considerable resources, exceptional resoluteness, and, therefore, broad consensus at home. Without generalized support, it ends up in failure."
Heidelberg Institute on International Conflict Research http://www.hiik.de/index.html has the Conflict Barometer reports showing conditions and trends in conflict.
Journal of Democracy http://www.journalofdemocracy.org/ Some articles are on line for free, varies from time to time.
“State Building and
Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Forwards, Backwards, or
Together?” Bratton, Michael, and Eric Chang. Also in
Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 39, No. 9, 1059-1083
Working paper available here, https://www.msu.edu/~echang/Research/research.htm
law—as experienced through improvements in personal security and
the popular perception that leaders respect the constitution—is
critical to building democracy."
Democracy and Human Development http://www.bu.edu/sthacker/ but I get a tracker pop up when I go to this page. Past history of democracy improves human development. This paper is by John Gerring, Rodrigo Alfaro and Strom C. Thacker, all of whom have additional interesting papers on their sites.
Gerardo Munck http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~munck/home/index.html has a number of papers about democracy. See the Research and Publications section. One example is “Democratic Transitions,”
Measuring democracy and related
The Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management http://www.berghof-conflictresearch.org/ especially of interest is their Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation http://www.berghof-handbook.net/ with many interesting chapters, such as The Civilisation of Conflict: Constructive Pacifism as a Guiding Notion for Conflict Transformation and Assessing the State-of-the-Art in Conflict Transformation and many more.
Growth and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa - What Can be
The paper is an IMF Policy Discussion Paper, listed here
then search for title.
Finance & Development http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2006/06/index.htm
From IMF. A recent issue (March 2006) has articles about
'rethinking growth', and 'Globalization at Work', an article
about global employment trends.
A lot more papers about many economic topics here http://repub.eur.nl/ some on growth, like
Research Project: Explaining Growth http://www.gdnet.org/
comprehensive research project. Click on 'activities', then on
'global research projects'. Can't read the book here but can
read some key points.
Growth, Income Distribution, and Poverty: A Review http://swopec.hhs.se/gunwpe/abs/gunwpe0032.htm "This paper reviews the recent literature dealing with the relationships between economic growth, income distribution, and poverty. This generally fails to find any systematic pattern of change in income distribution during recent decades. Neither does it find any systematic link from fast growth to increasing inequality." Paper by Arne Bigsten and Jörgen Levin.
Growth Resources http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Economics/Growth/
"These pages are designed as a resource for researchers studying
Peterson Institute for
International Economics http://www.piie.com/
is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution
devoted to the study of international economic policy
Social and Demographic Analysis Working Papers. http://csda.albany.edu/workpapers.asp
see Does Economic Inequality Promote Economic
Growth? A Cross-National Time-Series Analysis by
Lawrence E. Raffalovich, University at Albany, SUNY. Paper
the Strategy of Reforms http://econ-server.umd.edu/~murrell/
see research / then 'reform strategies'. several papers
analyzing the strategy of reform in transition countries" by
peter murrell, including Evolution in Economics and in the
Economic Reform of the Centrally Planned Economies and
Determinants Of Economic Growth. Panel Data Approach. By: Edwin Dewan And Shajehan Hussein http://www.rbf.gov.fj/ see the working papers, it's Working Paper EDWP 2001-04. from the Reserve Bank of Fiji.
Economic Freedom: The Path to African Prosperity http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/economic-freedom-the-path-to-african-prosperity 2003 paper by Brett Schaefer.
CREDIT (Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/credit/index.aspx see their research page with research such as Urbanization, Urban Concentration and Economic Growth in Developing Countries, Why Do Rates of Convergence Differ? A Meta-Regression Analysis. (About this question: Do poorer countries grow faster than richer ones and, if so, at what rate is the disparity in income between rich and poor countries narrowing over time?), Economic Growth and Income Inequality and Trade Liberalisation and Poverty: The Empirical Evidence.
Economic Freedom and Growth:Decomposing the Effects http://swopec.hhs.se/gunwpe/abs/gunwpe0033.htm These papers are from Scandinavian Working papers in economics http://swopec.hhs.se/ from Gotenborg University, see http://swopec.hhs.se/gunwpe/
Another paper is this: Economic Freedom and
Happiness. By Daniel M. Gropper, Robert A. Lawson and Jere T.
Thorne Jr. http://www.cato.org/cato-journal/springsummer-2011
that concludes that more freedom is related to more happiness.
Some earlier studies include these. Volume 22 Number
3, Winter 2003 for a couple of papers, such as Abdiweli M. Ali
and Hoden Said Isse. "Determinants of Economic Corruption: A
Cross-Country Comparison" and John A. Tures, "Economic Freedom
and Conflict Reduction: Evidence from the 1970s, 1980s, and
1990s." See these issues, Volume 25 Number 3, Fall 2005, Volume
24 Number 3, Fall 2004, with some articles about how development
happens, institutions and development, and other issues.
Wacziarg's research http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty_pages/romain.wacziarg/papersum.html
includes papers such as How Democracy Affects
Growth, and The Diffusion of Development. Also includes Review
of Easterly's “The Elusive Quest for Growth”.
Site about changes in society
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World Values Survey http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/ This site describes world values survey. "This series is designed to enable a cross national comparison of values and norms on a wide variety of topics and to monitor changes in values and attitudes across the globe." The survey included questions about topics such as economy, politics, work, personal finances, confidence in civil and governmental institutions, and a lot of other questions. Here is a report about happiness in the world http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111725 says happiness is related to democracy and wealthier countries.
Economy, and Values: Estimating a Recursive System.
by RJ Franzese, R Inglehart, SD Ehrlich, listed at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~franzese/Publications.html
and Values as a dynamic system. A lot of this paper seems
to be about data, but some results as well. This is
included in my review page. The paper is listed near the
bottom of the page. Also see material from Macroeconomic
Policies of Developed Democracies.
Dr. Ed Diener's site http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~ediener/
look at Guidelines for National Indicators of Subjective
Well-Being and Ill-Being (click on "research" and it's listed
there. Also look at his faq page http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~ediener/faq.html
Measuring Subjective Wellbeing: A Summary Review of the Literature by Pedro Conceição and Romina Bandura, http://web.undp.org/developmentstudies/researchpapers.shtml May 2008
The Freedom House has a bunch of
like The Press Freedom Survey, Freedom on the Net, etc
"From Oshin to
Beautiful Life : A Study of Japanese Television Dramas in
Singapore," listed at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/jas/staff/benng/publications.html shows the growth of japanese tv shows
in singapore. By Ng Wai Ming. Many other publications available as
International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS). http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/resources/periodicals/diversities/ A recent issue (Feb 2004) was about Multilingualism on the Internet. Another more recent issue is Democracy and Power-sharing in Multi-National States, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2006.
ESRC Centre for Research on
Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) http://www.cresc.ac.uk/
The purpose of the centre is to "develop a broad, empirically
focused account of cultural change and its economic, social
and political implications".
FAO has two reports of interest
SOFA: The State of Food and Agriculture http://www.fao.org/es/esa/en/pubs_sofa.htm in 2005 this was "Agricultural trade and poverty: Can trade work for the poor?"
The state of food insecurity in the world http://www.fao.org/SOF/sofi/index_en.htm in 2005 this was "Eradicating world hunger - Key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals". In 2006, it was "Eradicating world hunger - taking stock ten years after the World Food Summit"
WORLD DATABASE OF
findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides
a basis for meta-analytical studies." Has a bibliography
by subject of research about happiness. Also links to the
journal Journal of Happiness Studies. In January 2010, I could
see the articles. See the journals page of this
website. For Dr. Veenhoven's research see http://www2.eur.nl/fsw/research/veenhoven/
click on publications
Happiness the World Over http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12147-009-9080-1 article by Rita Simon and Andrew Bennett. Not free but says happiness is related to many material factors of life.
This paper is listed above in the economics
section. Economic Freedom and Happiness. By Daniel M. Gropper,
Robert A. Lawson and Jere T. Thorne Jr. http://www.cato.org/cato-journal/springsummer-2011
that concludes that more freedom is related to more happiness.
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The Global Course of the Information Revolution: Recurring Themes and Regional Variations, Richard O. Hundley, Robert H. Anderson, Tora K. Bikson, C. Richard Neu, MR-1680-NIC, 2003 (Full Text). Projects the impact of information technology and the "information revolution" on areas across the globe for the next 10 to 15 years. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1680.html
The Information Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, Grey Burkhart and Susan Older, MR-1653-NIC, 2003 (Full Text). Explores the future of the information revolution in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1653.html
Computers and Social Change http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/perrolle/ by Judith Perrolle, social impact of computers, etc.
How Was Life?
Global Well-being since 1820: Global Well-being since 1820.
Editors van Zanden Jan Luiten, Baten Joerg,
Mira d’Ercole Marco, Rijpma Auke, Timmer Marcel
OECD Publishing, 2014 http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/how-was-life_9789264214262-en
See chapter summaries here http://www.oecd.org/std/how-was-life-9789264214262-en.htm
Society at a
Overviews and indicators of social progress.
World in the Balance http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/
interviews, demonstrations, essays, etc., on changing world
USAID has a whole lot of reports http://www.usaid.gov/ on a while bunch of topics like those mentioned above. Go to 'our work' or 'locations'. Some other reports are "Democracy and Governance: A Conceptual Framework", "Handbook of Democracy and Governance Program Indicators", and so many more.
Beyond Economic Growth http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/beyond/beyond.htm "This book is designed to help readers broaden their knowledge of global issues, gain insight into their country's situation in the global context, and understand the problems of sustainable development." There are chapters on development, world population growth, economic development, income inequality, poverty, education, health and longevity, urbanization, globalization, foreign aid, and climate change. Also includes data tables.
brief summaries of bunches of world change
topics, such as poverty, free trade and globalization, human
rights, population, global warming, geopolitics, along with
links. Kind of like our social change site.
International Labor Organization http://www.ilo.org/global/lang--en/index.htm has free on line books, articles, etc.. Some books include The new offshoring of jobs and global development by Gary Gereffi and Civil Society, Participatory Governance and Decent Work Objectives: The case of South Africa by Konstantinos Papadakis, among others.
Rand's International topics page http://www.rand.org/topics/international-affairs.html has such reports as From Insurgency to Stability: Volume II: Insights from Selected Case Studies (September 7, 2011) and China and India: The Asian Giants are Heading Down Different Demographic Paths (August 22, 2011).
ESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has this page of reports http://www.unescap.org/publications some of which may be of interest.
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Global demographic trends and future carbon emissions. Brian C. O'Neill, Michael Dalton, Regina Fuchs, Leiwen Jiang, Shonali Pachauri, and Katarina Zigova. PNAS October 12, 2010 vol. 107 no. 41 17521-17526 http://www.pnas.org/content/107/41/17521.full "We carry out a comprehensive assessment of the implications of demographic change for global emissions of carbon dioxide. Using an energy–economic growth model that accounts for a range of demographic dynamics, we show that slowing population growth could provide 16–29% of the emissions reductions suggested to be necessary by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change."
Relationship among health, politics, economy, etc
Structure, (governance) and health: an unsolicited response. Daniel D Reidpath and Pascale Allotey, BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2006; 6: 12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1584251/ Governance was found to be significantly correlated with population health, as were GDP per capita, and access to improved water. They were also found to be significantly correlated with each other.
where you can search other repositories for open access
research about social change topics