Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Human Rights as an Ideology? Obstacles and Benefits

[Behind paywall] Sociology has an important part to play in understanding human rights. In this article, I trace obstacles within sociology to theoretically conceptualize human rights as an ideology. These … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Technology, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“In this briefing, we discuss the technology–migration nexus and show its significance to a range of SDGs and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We demonstrate that migrants are … Continue reading

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy — Economic Sociology and Political Economy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Induced Demand – Linking roads and increased traffic

As the urbanist aphorism goes: Widening roads to reduce congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity. Yet nearly all freeway expansions and new highways are sold to the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 · Leave a comment

On the Ways of Knowing and Understanding Informality

In the mainstream international development discourse, one often finds a general dualistic outlook in classifying the concept of (urban) informality, seen to be strikingly different from the formal, regulated economic … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 · Leave a comment

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

 Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and … Continue reading

Sunday, 12 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online

A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Local Governments Are Changing the World

Innovative governance is happening; governments are increasingly willing to grant autonomy for economic growth. Combine that with the profits that result from building cities; land values in Chicago, for example, … Continue reading

Friday, 20 July 2018 · Leave a comment

Report on the World Social Situation

Universal social protection is a potent development policy tool that can alleviate poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Few countries have been able to reduce poverty and improve living conditions on … Continue reading

Monday, 16 July 2018 · Leave a comment