Call for Papers—Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

The UNRISD is invited submissions for a conference on Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World:
Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization
. The conference web page reads as follows:

Inequalities are one of today’s greatest challenges, obstructing poverty reduction and sustainable development. Such disparities are catalysed by elite capture of economic and political power, a reinforcing process that compounds inequality, which—in its various dimensions—undermines social, environmental and economic sustainability, and fuels poverty, insecurity, crime and xenophobia.

As the power of elites grows and societal gaps widen, institutions representing the public good and universal values are increasingly disempowered or co-opted, and visions of social justice and equity side-lined. As a result, society is fracturing in ways that are becoming more and more tangible, with the growing divide between the privileged and the rest dramatically rearranging both macro structures and local lifeworlds.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to overcome such disparities, “leaving no one behind”. But how can this ambitious vision be achieved in the current climate, in which those in power act to protect the status quo from which they benefit? How can we build progressive alliances to drive the political and policy changes needed for an equitable, inclusive 21st century eco-social compact?

Key themes
Through this Call for Papers, UNRISD invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for papers, to be presented at an International Conference to be held in Geneva in November 2018, that critically explore
The role and influence of elites
The role of institutions in perpetuating or curbing inequalities
Shifting class structures and identities
The effects of deepening inequalities on local lifeworlds
Actors, alliances and social mobilization for progressive change

Please see the full Call for Papers for more information.

The conference web page can be accessed at this link.

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