Challenges to equal access to justice and welfare rights
JUST SOCIETY is organising its second webinar series in which we dive into the challenges to ensuring equal access to justice and welfare rights across our four partner countries in the Global South: Brazil, India, Georgia and South Africa.
Each webinar will feature three presentations from across these countries with the purpose of sharing experiences and finding comparative lessons to learn from each other.
More details on the webinars will follow soon.
Registration link coming soon.
Time for all webinars: Odense 01:00 PM, Johannesburg 01:00 PM, Bangalore 04:30 PM, Brasilia 08:00 AM, Tbilisi 03:00 PM
Administrative barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights
Tuesday 28 September, 2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)
This webinar explores specific ways in which the structure of public administration and civil servants’ strategies can serve as barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights. The three presentations will discuss civil servants’ political neutrality in Georgia, health professionals’ policy implementation strategies in Brazil as well as institutional fragmentation in youth employment programmes in South Africa. In a panel discussion, the webinar will compare perspectives from the three countries and consider how to alleviate the identified administrative barriers to equal access to justice and welfare rights.
Political Neutrality in the Georgian Civil Service?
By Archil Abashidze, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ilia State University, Georgia:
In this presentation, Archil Abashidze will talk about the current challenges to political neutrality in the public sector in Georgia. Drawing on his research about public sector reform in Georgia, Archil will demonstrate how and why civil servants are more accountable to the ruling party rather than the public. Specifically, and as a perfect warm-up to the upcoming local elections in Georgia, Archil will focus on the case of illegal involvement of civil servants in the electoral campaigns and discuss the implications of such misuse of public administrative resources for equal and effective implementation of welfare rights.
Discretion and Public Policy Implementation in the Health System of Campos Dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State
By Roberto Dutra, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Administration at Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, Brazil
Roberto Dutra will present findings from an ethnographic study of policy implementation among front-line workers in the Alcohol and Drugs Psychosocial Care Center (CAPS ad) in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. He will discuss the strategies and discretionary practices of health professionals and their implications for inclusive and effective implementation of social policy. The presentation is based on work co-authored with Renan Carneiro.
Third speaker to be confirmed.
The webinar is chaired by Louise Munkholm, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, and part of JUST SOCIETY.
Politics of equal access to justice and welfare rights
Tuesday 26 October , 2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)
Legal challenges to ensuring equal access to justice and welfare rightsTuesday 30 November 2021, 13.00-14.15 (CET)