Member Projects

from the RC09 Newsletter Fall 2017

Political Voice and Economic Inequality across Nations and Time

Joshua Dubrow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Poland’s National Science Centre has awarded a grant for the project, “Political Voice and Economic Inequality across Nations and Time” (2016/23/B/HS6/03916) for the period 2017 -2020. The Principal Investigator is Joshua K. Dubrow, who is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and who is also a current RC 09 Member and its former newsletter editor.

The purpose of the project is to advance the theory, methods, and empirical base for studying the relationship between political inequality and economic inequality. The fundamental research questions are:

  1. How and to what extent are the main components of political voice inequality – political participation and party representation – related to each other once main features of political and economic institutions are accounted for?
  2. How do changes in economic inequality at the macro-level relate to political voice at the micro-level?
  3.  At the macro-level, how and to what extent do political voice inequality and economic inequality influence each other?

This project builds on empirical research on how economic resources and political voice connects, accounting for how political institutions moderate this connection. The social sciences do not have appropriate cross-national and over-time measures of political voice inequality and thus has never adequately addressed our research questions. Thus, we will create the Political Inequality Database (POLINQ) which is a multi-country multi-year dataset with cross-national measures of political voice in terms of levels of voice and inequality of voice from survey and administrative data for over 65 democratic countries from 1990 to 2015.

For more information, please visit the project website

Deliberating Democratic Alternatives to Capital in 21st Century. 

Dr. S. A. Hamed Hosseini F, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Goal: The project investigates progressive alternatives to capital in 21st century which have been developed in the form of theory, model, practice, policy, and project. It investigates the capacities of these alternatives for cross-ideological interactions and integration. It particularly focuses on four major democratic modes of livelihood and sociality which have influenced transformative social movements in the global field of post-capitalist transitions. More details:

Project website and outcomes:

Reconstrucción histórico conceptual y sistematización de experiencias de Economía Comunitaria y Economía Solidaria en Ecuador 

Conceptual historical reconstruction and systematization of experiences of Community Economy and Solidarity Economy in Ecuador

Silvia Vega Ugalde, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Ecuador

The social and solidarity economy teaching group of the Central University of Ecuador, was awarded a fund of $ 80,000, awarded by the ARES-AI R2 Program (Académie de Recherche et D’Enseignement Superieur), made up of funds from Belgian Universities to strengthen and promote scientific research at the Central University, the main public university of Ecuador. The project that was submitted to an internal contest of the university, will last for 25 months. It is called “Conceptual historical reconstruction and systematization of experiences of Community Economy and Solidarity Economy in Ecuador” and aims to sustain theoretically, historically and empirically the specific rationalities of the community economy and the solidarity economy and its potentials and limitations, to strengthen endogenous development and equitable of the country and of the localities involved. It will be based on a conceptual clarification of the characteristics of the community economy and the solidarity economy in the contexts of the Andean-Amazonian countries, and the historical reconstruction of the debate on solidarity, popular and community economy will take place around the Constituent Assembly held in Ecuador in 2008, which defined the country’s economic system as “social and solidary”, a characterization that appears for the first time in the Constitution or Magna Carta of the Republic.

In addition, experiences of community economy and / or solidary economy will be documented and systematized in three local territories of the country in order to achieve practical empirical support of the different rationalities present in these initiatives and to contribute to propose strategies to strengthen the actors and their initiatives, worked jointly and participatively between them and the research team. The research will count on the scientific academic support of CIRTES (Center Interdisciplinaire of Recherche Travail, Etat et Société) and the Center d’Etudes du Développement of the Catholic University of Louvain, immersed for some years in studies on the social and solidarity economy in the north and in the south.


El grupo docente de economía social y solidaria de la Universidad Central del Ecuador, se hizo acreedor a un fondo de $80.000 dólares, otorgado por el Programa ARES-AI R2 (Académie de Recherche et D´Enseignement Superieur), constituido por fondos de Universidades belgas para fortalecer y promover la investigación científica en la Universidad Central, principal universidad pública de Ecuador. El proyecto que fue sometido a un concurso interno de la universidad, tendrá una duración de 25 meses. Se llama “Reconstrucción histórico conceptual y sistematización de experiencias de Economía Comunitaria y Economía Solidaria en Ecuador” y pretende sustentar teórica, histórica y empíricamente las racionalidades específicas de la economía comunitaria y la economía solidaria y sus potenciales y limitaciones, para fortalecer el desarrollo endógeno y equitativo del país y de las localidades involucradas. Se partirá de una clarificación conceptual de las características de la economía comunitaria y de la economía solidaria en los contextos de los países andino-amazónicos y se realizará la reconstrucción histórica del debate sobre economía solidaria, popular, comunitaria acaecido en torno a la Asamblea Constituyente realizada en Ecuador en 2008, que definió el sistema económico del país como “social y solidario”, caracterización que consta por primera vez en la Constitución o Carta Magna de la República.

Además, se documentará y sistematizará experiencias de economía comunitaria y/o economía solidaria en tres territorios locales del país para lograr la sustentación empírico práctica de las distintas racionalidades presentes en estas iniciativas y para contribuir a proponer estrategias de fortalecimiento de los actores y sus iniciativas, trabajadas de manera conjunta y participativa entre ellos/as y el equipo de investigación. La investigación contará con el apoyo académico científico del CIRTES (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Travail, Etat et Société) y el Centre d’Etudes du Développement de la Universidad Católica de Lovaina, inmersos desde hace algunos años en estudios sobre la economía social y solidaria en el norte y en sur.