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The Great Gatsby Effect

The Great Gatsby Effect

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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The Unites Stated and South Sudan are the only two nations still refusing to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Author: Sanja Sontor Allow me to paint you a picture of the United States (U.S.). The U.S. is a vital democracy and one of the richest countries in world. The U.S. […]

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“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas

“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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The failure of top-down technocratic climate policy to accelerate decarbonization of the economy has provoked environmentalists to experiment with the idea of divestment in fossil fuel corporations. However arousing excitement among the Left, good intentions don’t always make for good policy. Author: Mathis Hampel The opposite of investment, divestment is the removal of one’s investment […]

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Towards community-based social services

Towards community-based social services

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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The transition to a community-based care system based on a wide range of social services for people with disabilities has been stalled in a number of countries due to austerity measures undertaken in light of the economic crisis. Author: Radoš Keravica Bringing your own life decisions, managing your money, choosing where you are going to […]

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Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Nicolás Torres Vieira

Nicolás Torres has more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in activities related to labor unions, social and legal empowerment of vulnerable workers, and community development. Nicolás is a lawyer and graduated with high distinction from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and also earned a master in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. While studying at the Law School he worked as a monitor at the Center of Labor Studies Alberto Hurtado, a nonprofit organization dependent on the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, training union and social leaders in labor law, leadership, and communication skills. After graduating from Law School, Nicolás worked as a lawyer in Ernst & Young Chile, rendering consultancy services in labor law, employment taxes, social security and immigration. Before starting his masters’ studies in Hungary, he contributed as a labor law professor at the Institute of Popular Education and Training in Santiago, working with vulnerable workers in order to improve their employment conditions and self-empowerment. During his professional career, Nicolás focused on labor studies, vulnerable workers employment conditions, and the effects of labor unions and collective bargaining on income distribution and poverty.

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Author: Nicolás Torres Vieira Chilean universities will gradually become tuition-free, starting in 2016 with the poorest deciles and so on. And how will this huge reform be funded? The government of president Michelle Bachelet, who has the majority in both chambers of the parliament, passed a tax reform which, once in place, will collect about […]

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Why the ’youth’ don’t need a guarantee

Why the ’youth’ don't need a guarantee

Lena Jacobs

Lena Jacobs is an MA candidate in Public Policy with a focus on EU Public Policy. Prior to this, Lena worked as a communications officer for the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in the Republic of Ireland.

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Lena Jacobs The Youth Guarantee – along with the Youth Employment Initiative – are two of the most far-reaching and heavily funded EU schemes for employment – arguably of any active labour market policy. It is unsurprising that it has come in the wake of the financial crisis, where unemployment rose from 8.6 percent in […]

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Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Lobbying law in Croatia: haven’t we waited long enough?

Andrija Visic

Andrija is currently an MA candidate in Public Policy at the Central European University. Prior to his studies he had been working as the Head of Office of the Croatian Lobbyist Association in Zagreb, Croatia. His current work involves research on lobbying regulation in the EU member states.

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Andrija Visic Imagine yourself working in a state of legal uncertainty, not really knowing what you are allowed to do and what not. Have you? Good. Now remember that there is a regulation in place that protects you as worker (by defining your profession) giving you certain rights, as there is at least one for […]

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Wealth and Progress

Wealth and Progress

Wolfgang Klotz

Co-founder and Director of the Central and Eastern European Online Library; from 2009 to mid-2012, he was the Director of the Belgrade office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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In 2011 the „Enquete-Commission Growth, Wealth, Quality of Life“ of the German Bundestag installed a special working-group. Its task was defined as the „Development of a holistic Indicator for Wealth and Progress“. Author: Wolfgang Klotz In the group report[1] published in early 2012 the „holistic“ ambition means that the growth of GNP, used till then […]

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