Working papers

Issue Linkage and the Prospects for SDGs’ contribution to Sustainability

By Peter Haas on July 5th, 2013

Peter M. Haas, Professor of Political Science (University of Massachusetts Amherst). A paradox stalks Sustainable Development. While there is a political impulse at the UN for establishing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is not yet a clear consensus about what is Sustainable Development, its desirability, nor how to achieve it. SDGs are intended to be [read more…]

Crises and Opportunities in Changing Times

By Ignacy Sachs, Carlos Lopes and Ladislau Dowbor on March 11th, 2013

The present paper was designed as a reference document, or position paper, for our discussions in Salvador and beyond: the environment predicament, reduction of inequality, decent jobs, and reorientation of the productive process according to real priorities. We suggest 12 main lines of intervention, which seem reasonably realistic, and certainly already applied with success in [read more…]

Economic Democracy: strolling through theories

By Ladislau Dowbor on March 7th, 2011

About global warming, income concentration, destruction of life in our seas, petroleum depletion and other threatening catastrophes can no longer be avoided, we need more efficient forms of economic and social organization. Economic power has become the central element of political decision making and the power of the media also relies on corporations. Under these [read more…]

Intellectual Property to the Economy of Knowledge

By Ladilsau Dowbor on November 9th, 2009

Ladislau Dowbor, Professor of Economy (Pontifical University of Sao Paulo) As the value of goods and services is shifting from the material content to that of knowledge embodied in the productive processes, an ideological and economic battle is launched about the right of access to knowledge. Open and practically at no cost, access to knowledge [read more…]