Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings

For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings

Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?

We’ve heard lots about increasing inequality in North America and Europe, Solid research reports (such as OECD, Divided We Stand (2011)) have made it clear that not only are the rich getting richer, but for several decades, the poor and the middle classes have been losing ground. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee pointed out in Dec … More Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?

Stanford Social Innovation Review Commentary on barriers to targeted collective action among non-profits

“Collective Impact” by John Kania and Mark Kramer The authors point out that collective action to create change on a community level is a very tough challenge for non-profit organizations. Funders tend to choose one organization to fund for a particular task, and have difficulties dealing with multiple organizations. The competition process has each organization … More Stanford Social Innovation Review Commentary on barriers to targeted collective action among non-profits

Does Inequality Signal the Failure of the Welfare State?

Even if the Occupy movements and protests have faded from the media and public attention, concerns about increased inequality of wealth and income have remained a public preoccupation in many countries. On Dec. 4, 2013, President Obama addressed the issue in what reads as a classic articulation of challenges to social policy in a global, … More Does Inequality Signal the Failure of the Welfare State?