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  • Social Capital and National Identity in Iran: The Case of Tehran Citizens

    Ali Baghaei Sarabi1 & Mahdieh Ghiaskhani

    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online First.
    Date: December 2017
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: The article explores the relationship between social capital and national identity in Iran. It considers national identity
    as an important factor in social cohesion and efficiency of social planning of all multi-cultural societies. In this study,
    we used the survey method. The research population consisted of the people of older than 18 years who live in Tehran.
    The sample size included 385 subjects, who were selected by multistage cluster sampling. The results indicated that those
    who more social capital also higher levels of national identity. As a supplementary result, we can say that the three
    subscales of social capital, i.e. participation, trust, and cooperation, significantly explain the changes in national
    identity. Among the three subscales, cooperation, partnership, and trust have the largest impact on increasing the levels
    of national identity, respectively.

    Keywords: Social Capital; National Identity; Participation; Trust; Cooperation.
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    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 2:15 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Further analysis on freedom of information in Indonesia: A case study of the public information disclosure in West Java Province
    Diah Fatma Sjoraida1, Luthfi Hamzah Husin & Dede Mariana
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Online First 
    Date: July 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
    Abstract This article seeks to further assess freedom of information (FOI) in Indonesia by qualitatively analyzing its implementation
    in West Java Province. In a relatively young democratic state, the Indonesian parliament ratified the FOI law in 2008
    responding to the ongoing democratization process. Nevertheless, the implementation of the law still suffers some problems,
    both legally and politically. Ratification and the enactment of the FOI law cannot necessarily be sufficient to guarantee the
    embodiment of a really open government unless there is a shifting paradigm in local bureaucracy, political commitment
    from local leaders, and people’s and press awareness of the ability to access public information.

    Keywords: Freedom of Information; Open Government; Policy Implementation; Democratization; Indonesia
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  • Time of Adjustment: Estimating Immigrant Integration and Integrative Capacity of the Finnish Labor Market in the Long-Term Perspective
    Oxana Krutova1 Tapio Nummi
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 8, Issue: 2
    , Online First
    Date: December 2017
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    AbstractThis paper examines the integrative capacity of the Finnish labor market as regards immigrant integration in the longterm perspective. In this paper, we study the duration patterns of unemployment and the determinants of transitions out of unemployment spells into employment and other exit states. We also look at, how micro-level determinants of unemployment, when estimated by age, gender, education, and previous experience of unemployment, affect the outcome of transitions out of unemployment spells. The novelty of this research lies in the multidimensional analysis of labor market integration using data and statistical methods that enable to determine the dynamics of status transitions over time. Methodologically, this research has a dualistic ‘descriptive-dynamic’ understanding of labor market integration as a process that is conditioned by a time period of long-term involvement into the labor market. According to our results, transitions to employment have a periodic wavelike character and, in time, the probability for job placement to one of the forms of employment essentially decreases. We also find that the period-effect potentially predict the further labor market integration of immigrants.
     

    Keywords: Labor Market Integration; Integrative Capacity of the Labor Market; Discrete-Time Hazard Models; Duration of Unemployment; Labor Market Transitions.

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    Posted Feb 14, 2019, 3:29 AM by Sara Topciu
  • Social Progress and Academic Migration: Destination Canada

    Omar Lujan1 Harald Bauder

    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 9, Issue: 2, Online First
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    Date: December 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

    Abstract: Like few other migratory movements, academic mobility reflects the synergies between knowledge production and wealth accumulation, intellectual work and social prestige, and migrants’ search for tolerant and progressive socio-cultural environments. Correspondingly, some of the wealthiest, and most powerful and cosmopolitan countries in the world are top destinations for academics. While the literature has problematized the historical relationship between power, knowledge, and scholarship in the context of the production of social and cultural norms, there has been less emphasis on how wealth, prestige, and social progress interact in the context of academic mobility. In this article, we explore how ideas of “social progress” related to specific welfare state policies and multiculturalism counterweight financial prospects and academic prestige in the choice of a destination where academics live and practice their profession. Based on data collected from interviews with forty-two academic researchers located in Germany Canada at different career stages and with varying migration histories, we explore how values of cultural tolerance and social equality make relatively less prestigious and less wealthy academic destinations more desirable. Our findings suggest that social progress constitutes a competitive advantage for attracting internationally mobile academics

    Keywords:  Social Policies; Academic Migration; Social Progress; Welfare State; Academic Hierarchies.
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    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 1:26 AM by Sergiu Baltatescu
  • Subjective well-being of abstinent alcoholics in Romania. A study using Personal Wellbeing Index
    Iános-Mátyás-Tamás Mihók-Géczi& Sergiu Bălțătescu
    Journal of Social Research & Policy
    Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Online first
    Date: July 2018
    ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
    Abstract: Previous studies show that the quality of life of alcoholics is severely diminished. The treatment of alcohol addicts seeks to achieve and maintain abstinence because this is the only solution to return to the initial state. In this study we aimed to see whether abstinence maintained over time without relapse increases the subjective well-being of alcoholics. The participants, 192 male abstinent alcoholics in Romania, were split into groups based on relapse: with no relapse (n = 104, 54.2%) or with relapse (n = 88; 45.8%) and based on the duration of abstinence: five years or more without relapse or since the last relapse (n = 100; 52.1%), or less than five years without relapse or since the last relapse (n = 92; 47.9%). Subjective well-being was measured by a single item satisfaction as a whole and by the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI). Levels of satisfaction with life as a whole, PWI and satisfaction with six out of eight domains of life included in the Personal Wellbeing Index are higher for those with abstinence over five years (no relapse) compared to those with shorter abstinence as well as for abstainers with no relapse compared to those who have relapsed. Overall, our results suggest that long term abstinence, without relapse, is the main strategy for living with alcoholism.

    KeywordsAlcoholism; Abstinent Alcoholic; Relapse; Subjective Well-Being.
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    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 1:40 AM by Sergiu Baltatescu
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