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August 16, 2016

Coping with Migration-Induced Urban Growth: Addressing the Blind Spot of UN Habitat

Philipp Aerni This article is a contribution to the Sustainability Special Issue: A Contextual and Dynamic Understanding of Sustainable Urbanisation   Read the full article here   or   Download PDF version here Abstract The demography of cities in the 21st century will be shaped, to a large extent, by migration. This paper argues that the rights-based approach Read more…

June 30, 2016

When corporatism leads to corporate
 governance failure
: The case of the Swiss watch industry

Corporatism is often seen as the way Swiss stakeholders in business and politics handle industrial challenges in a reasonable and flexible way. In this publication Dr Isabelle Schluep Campo and Dr Philipp Aerni argue, however, that the emergence of corporatist structures in the Swiss watch industry has often encouraged rent-seeking and collusion at the expense Read more…

June 30, 2016

European Parliament accused of double standards on GM Crops

A report by the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) call on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, not to support genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. The report recommended that intensive agriculture that made Europe, the Americas and many parts of Asia food secure should not be applied in Africa, instead, that the continent Read more…