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Fafo is an independent and multidisciplinary research foundation focusing on social welfare and trade policy, labor and living conditions, public health, migration and integration, and transnational security and development issues. Fafo works within both a domestic Norwegian and larger international context.

Katrín Ólafsdóttir Stefán ÓlafssonNew NordMod report: Country study of Iceland

22 October 2014
Iceland exhibits some deviations from the Scandinavian model of work and welfare. Katrín Ólafsdóttir (Reykjavík University) and Stefán Ólafsson (University of Iceland) have written the country study of Iceland from the NordMod 2030 project. The authors examine the country's development, including the financial crisis and subsequent bank collapse, and the challenges for the Icelandic version of the Nordic model. Pil Download the Fafo-report Economy, politics and welfare in Iceland Pil Read more about the Fafo-report Economy, politics and welfare in Iceland

Åse Berit GrødelandNew book chapter on informal practice in the judiciary in Eastern Europe

October 2014
Fafo-researcher Åse Berit Grødeland has written a chapter in the anthology East European Faces of Law and Society: Values and Practices. The anthology is edited by William B. Simons, and published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff. Grødeland's chapter is titled "Informal Practice in the Judiciary:  A Comparison of East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkan". It investigates exposure to, and personal use of, informal practice amongst judges and prosecutors in seven European countries – drawing on findings from large-scale elite surveys conducted in East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkans. Pil Read more about the book

Mark TaylorNew report on conflict zones and illicit trade in uranium

October 2014
Fafo-researcher Mark Taylor has written the report A Rock in Hard Places: Conflict Zones and the Illicit Trade in Uranium, published by the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI). The report examines the question of whether raw materials for the production of nuclear weapons are part of the informal economies of today’s wars. The paper finds little evidence of “conflict uranium”, but identifies potential proliferation risks in the patterns of illicit trade in natural resources from conflict zones. Pil Read the report: A Rock in Hard Places

Nerina Weiss
New book chapter: The power of dead bodies

September 2014
Fafo-researcher Nerina Weiss has written a chapter in the book Histories of Victimhood (Jensen and Ronsbo, eds). The book comprises twelve essays that trace histories of victimhood in different countries. In her chapter, The power of dead bodies, Weiss shows the political significance of victimhood among Kurdish activists in eastern Turkey. Pil Read more at Penn Press

Sissel TrygstadNew: International handbook an whistleblowing research

September 2014
Fafo research director Sissel Trygstad has together with Marit Skivenes (University of Bergen) contributed to a new handbook on whistleblowing. The book offers a thorough and thoughtful examination of current approaches to research regarding whistleblowing, and it casts new light on many topics crucial to the success or failure of whistleblower laws. Trygstad and Skivenes' chapter 5 is called "Organisational wrongdoing – Definitions and contextual factors". Pil Order the book from Edward Elgar

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Other web-sites:

Eurofound European Industrial Relations Observatory. Fafo's contribution to Eiro

European Restructuring Monitor. Fafo reports from Norway

Fafo's Forum on the EU enlargement (Fafo Østforum website in Norwegian)

NordMod 2030


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