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Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264113152)

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"Shifting wealth" ‐ a process that started in the 1990s and took off in the 2000s ‐ has led to a completely new geography of growth driven by the economic rise of large developing countries, in particular China and India. The resulting re‐configuration of the global economy will shape the political, economic and social agendas of international development as those of the converging and poor countries for the years to come.

This report analyses the impact of "Shifting wealth" on social cohesion, largely focusing on high‐growth converging countries. A "cohesive" society works towards the well‐being of all its members, creates a sense of belonging and fights against the marginalization within and between different groups of societies. The question this report asks is how does the structural transformation in converging economies affect their "social fabric", their sense of belonging or put generally their ability to peacefully manage collective action problems.  

Recent events in well performing countries in the Arab world but also beyond such as in Thailand, China and India seem to suggest that economic growth, rising fiscal resources and improvements in education are not sufficient  to create cohesion; governments need to address social deficits and actively promote social cohesion if long‐term development is to be sustainable.    

Part I: Opportunities and challenges for social cohesion

Chapter 1. Shifting Wealth: A Window of Opportunity 

Chapter 2. Social Cohesion and Development

Chapter 3. The Challenges for Social Cohesion in a Shifting World  

Chapter 4. Inequality

Part II ‐ Building a Policy Agenda for Social Cohesion in Times of Shifting Wealth

Chapter 5. Sustainable Fiscal Policies for Stronger Social Contracts

Chapter 6. Employment and Social Protection Policies for Social Cohesion  

Chapter 7. Social Cohesion and Policies for Enhancing Civic Participation 

Chapter 8. Cross‐cutting Policy Issues

Chapter 9. Fostering Social Cohesion in a Shifting World
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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