8-9 Jun| YOUNG FEMINIST ROUNDTABLE ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 2017

Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.

21-23 May|Transnational Worker Solidarity and Global Value Chains.

This project seeks to engage in auto sector specific research in a comparative transnational perspective by drawing on existing global value chain research. Furthermore, the project aims at initiating a transnational dialogue on new organizing approaches and on building (transnational) solidarity along the auto value chain.

2017| Digital Labour Markets in the Platform Economy Mapping the Political Challenges of Crowd Work and Gig Work

The so-called “sharing economy” is gaining momentum. As of 2016, Airbnb is valued at US$25.5 billion, while Uber is valued at US$62.5 billion. The two companies, which are presented as engaged in the “sharing of underutilised assets” – the commercial brokering of accommodation and of transportation, respectively – are now among the most valuable startups on the market.

2017| Increasing Inequality Reduces Long-term Growth German Economic Analysis Using a Macroeconomic Structural Model

Political and public debate in Germany has for some time seen growing discussion of the connection between increasing income inequality and economic growth. This discussion was instigated by a number of international empirical studies (OECD 2015; Ostry et al. 2014) that found indications of a negative link between more income divergence, on one hand, and development of the economy, on the other.

2016|COOPERATION OR CONFLICT? Occupational Trade Unions in the  German Industrial Relations System.

Since the early 2000s we have seen an unexpected – based on previous experience – increase in the influence of occupational and sectional trade unions, which were long scarcely known even to insiders. These organisations are prominent examples of a “new complexity“ in industrial relations, especially collective bargaining, in some parts of the private services sector – and possibly beyond it.

17 May|Energy choices and the protection of workers interests in South Africa

The Integrated Energy Plan has been published for public comment and analysis. All stakeholders have been engaging on South Africa’s energy mix, and how it will contribute to sustainable development. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa will be partnering with both the National Union of Mineworkers and the Sam Tambani Research Institute to discuss the future of energy planning in SA. The focus will be on employment, the just transition and workers interests.

9-10 May| Trade Unions and Tax Justice

The global economic crisis is characterized by massive socio-economic disparities. Oxfam’s (2016) report entitled: An Economy for the 1% concludes that 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people at the bottom half of humanity. Global food insecurity is also a major concern. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (2012), 868 million people in the world were chronically undernourished in 2012, and 1.52 billion people did not have sufficient food to meet their basic nutritional requirements. This figure declined slightly to 805 million by 2014.

Occasional Paper| An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy

This paper explores the causes of the crisis in South Africa’s trade union movement. It argues that the impasse is multi-layered, and can be attributed to both structural changes in the country’s political economy and organizational challenges. The issues discussed are related to global debates on the state of the left, and what forms of political agency are required to revive labour movements.  Some of the key recommendations include: strengthening worker control; rebuilding social movement unionism; reviving autonomous education structures; and advocating for heterodox macro-economic frameworks

Curtailing Capital Flight from Africa

Each year Africa loses more money than it receives through official development aid. A great deal of the money ends up in the rich North, through dark channels. As a result, the poorest continent of the world is ironically the net creditor of the world. Professor Léonce Ndikumana, one of the leading experts on the issue of capital flight and development, examines the mechanisms through which African money is leaving the country and outlines strategies to address the problem- both in the Northern and the Southern hemisphere.

IPG| International Politik und Gesellschaft

pg-journal sees itself as a committed debate platform for questions of international and European policy. We want to not only describe, but also give impulses through critical interpretations and evaluations. The thematic range covers foreign, security, and development policy issues as well as challenges of European integration and global environmental issues.