Working issues, Introduction

Public services, public goods

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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 »

Agriculture, food and development

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Agriculture, food and development

General problem from a contemporary perspective

It is not by accident that this sector of economy is in the focus of the attention of environmental, alterglobalist movements: it is the most ancient human activity, it fulfils basic human needs, and still employs more than half of the world’s population. Moreover, the harmful effects of unsustainable agricultural practices and systems of distribution and consumption have a direct impact on the environment.  Read more »

Segítségnek indult, átok lett belőle

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A globális adósságválság elszenvedői és élvezői

A II. világháború óta a nemzetközi pénzintézetek hiteleznek a szegényebb országoknak, ám ez a „segítség” mára a legtöbb ország számára szűnni nem akaró, egyre növekvő gazdasági terhet jelent.  Read more »

Trade, Fair Trade and Trade Justice

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Gyapotból készül a pamutpóló! Hol itt a bökkenő?

Huszonöt-ezer észak-amerikai gyapottermesztő évi 10.000 USA $ dollár támogatást kap az amerikai kormánytól. Ezzel annyira olcsón tudják a piacon kínálni a gyapotot, hogy az afrikai gyapottermesztők nem tudják terményüket eladni. Burkina Fasóban hittek abban, hogy a gyapottermesztés kisegíti őket a szegénységből, nem fogva tartja.

A gyapottermesztés víz- és vegyszerigényes.  Read more »

Local food systems through the lens of the food crisis

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The food crisis of 2007-2008, affecting over forty countries worldwide, acted as a wake up call. It reminded the international community that – in accordance with the founding principles of food sovereignty- thriving localized food systems are essential in ensuring the food security of local populations in the face of severe food supply shocks.  Read more »

Democratisation, development, civil society

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Democratisation, development, civil society
Zsolt Boda

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 »

Global climate and development

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Climate is one of defining aspects of our life. Water supply and agriculture – which provides food for all and livelihoods for rural communities, i.e. for most of the human population – critically depend on it. Our way of life is adjusted to the climate of the part of the Earth which we live in. Our economy is built around the current climate. Extreme weather events, such as floods, hurricanes and storms, radically disrupt lives of affected people and cause enormous damage.  Read more »