Public goods, Introduction
November 24th, 2007 by admin
The road to social good ...
New policy guidelines in public services
Today, as corporations expand into new areas, globalisation is taking a new direction. This is not only geographical expansion; corporations are now delving into areas of society previously outside their reach, areas which have traditionally been considered as public services and the public sphere. They are increasing their influence and control over environmental protection, education, culture, public amenities, the health service… The move of public goods into private hands – privatisation - is supported by highly influential international economic organisations, such as the World Bank, the European Union, and especially the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Read more »
March 6th, 2009 by admin
Democratisation, development, civil society
We are going to examine the connections between the three concepts. First we make an attempt at interpreting the relationship between democracy and development, and quickly look at the arguments which are based on the assumption that there is some cause and effect relationship between the two. The basic question is, of course, which definition of democracy or development we take as a starting point. For a start, we accept that development is one with economic growth, but the next step is to discuss development as a more complex social phenomenon – this, of course, will have consequences on the question of its relationship with democracy. In a normative approach we can safely argue that democracy itself is part of the concept of social development and in this case it does not make sense to look for cause and effect relationships between the two phenomena. Read more »