Social Cohesion and Development

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A society is "cohesive" if it works towards the well‐being of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers its members the opportunity of upward social mobility. As such, this report looks at social cohesion through three different, but equally important, lenses: social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. The measurement of these dimensions should not only involve traditional measures, such as 1.25 dollar‐a‐day poverty, but should integrate subjective measures such as people's perception about their own feelings as well. Social cohesion is both a means to development and an end in itself and is shaped by a society's preferences, history and culture. Shifting wealth provides new opportunities and risks for the development of social cohesion in emerging economies ‐ addressing them requires a holistic policy approach, particularly in the areas of fiscal, employment and social policies.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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