©SCS Journal  ISSN  2225- 2215

Study of Changing Societies: Comparative and  Interdisciplinary Focus,

Vol.1'(1) 2012  

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General Editors: Olga Guzhva, Dr. Mikhail Beznosov, Dr. Roman Sheiko

Articles are subject to double-blind anonymous peer review by experts, proofreading, and editing to be carried out by organizers.

Submissions should be made in English and should conform to the Instruction to Authors and Author Guidelines


Editorial Board:

Dr. Anna Amelina, Prof. Alpaslan Özerdem, Dr. Biswajit Mohapatra, Dr. Vincenzo Cicchelli, Prof. Vittorio Cotesta, Dr. Miŝo Dokmanovic, Prof. Jan M. Fritz, Dr. David Galbreath, Dr.David Görömbölyi, Dr. Boyd Johnson, Dr. Iryna Kosulya, Dr. Florent Marciacq, Dr. Javier Garcia Marin, Prof. Jonathan Mendilow, Dr. David Ondracka, Prof. Olexandr Serdyuk, Dr. Nataliya Velikaya, Prof. Francesco Villa, Dr. John P. Willerton,  Dr. Martin Carrier, Prof. Yuriy Dubenskiy, Prof. Paulette Kurzer, Prof. William Dixon, Prof. Kostas Ant Lavdas, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Tabassum.


In this issue

Robley E. George

SOCIOECONOMIC DEMOCRACY A Progressive Societal Arrangement p. 3-38

Presented here is an advanced, fundamentally just and democratic socioeconomic system capable of resolving or significantly reducing, simultaneously, many of the intimately intertwined societal problems of humanity. Socioeconomic Democracy is a progressive societal arrangement wherein there exist some form and amount of Universally Guaranteed Personal Income and Maximum Allowable Personal Wealth, with both the lower bound on personal material poverty and upper bound on personal material wealth set and adjusted democratically by all participants of a functioning Democratic Society.  Discussed first are the essential aspects of Socioeconomic Democracy.  Next, related implications such as possible democratic variations, incentive and self-interest, numerous justifications, practical political approximations, system realizability and implementation are all sketched.  Some of the dozens of societally beneficial ramifications are indicated. Finally, we briefly suggest how Socioeconomic Democracy would favorably impact the world’s presently inconsistent and therefore struggling socioeconomic systems of “Capitalism,” “Socialism,” and Islamic religio-socio-economics.

Keywords: Socioeconomics, Democracy, Socioeconomic Democracy, Income, Wealth, Limits, Societal Problems.

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Svitlana Batsyukova

Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling: Similar Nature, Different Concepts p. 39-49

The conceptual confusion around human trafficking and human smuggling produces an incorrect interpretation of two phenomena in professional circles. This paper analyses the conceptual challenges around human trafficking and human smuggling by comparing the two with each other. The author introduces a comparative table that tests human trafficking and human smuggling against defined criteria: type of crime, characteristics of recruited people, push factors, illegal entry in the country of destination, the relationship between recruiter and recruited individuals, control over the situation, profits, use of violence, services available to trafficked or smuggled individuals. Additionally, the paper discusses some implications (“side effects”) of strict border control measures on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The mixed nature and differences between human trafficking and human smuggling are illustrated with examples mainly derived from successfully investigated cases in Ukraine and abroad. Although the conducted analysis is not exhaustive, it contributes to greater comprehension of important aspects of these two phenomena.

Keywords: human trafficking, human smuggling.

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Lin  Ren,

Introduction into the English School and the Current Reality Related Research Topics p. 50-63

This paper declares the basic claims and divisions of the English School. It introduced the basic concepts, such as international system, international society and world society. Debates within the English School members addressed and reflected some very important phenomena in the global politics. Through exploring these topics, the English School could consolidate its status as an alternative approach except for the American dominated IR (International Relations) main streams. Therefore, this paper has both academic and social significance.

Keywords: Via Media; Pluralist Methodology; Order; Justice; Anti-Globalization

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Irina Soldatenko

Social Responsibility of Business in Ukraine (using the banking sphere as an example) p. 64-79

The article is devoted to the analysis of social responsibility of business and various forms of its realization in the sphere of banking services in Ukraine (in particular, to the analysis of external relations of banking institutions). A necessary condition of activities of any commercial organization in the context of a competitive environment is building and maintaining its positive reputation. Using the example of the banking sphere, we analyze practices of use by banks and other commercial organizations of negative communication technologies, and social consequences of these actions.

Keywords: the responsibility of business, corporate reputation, negative technologies.

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Book review

Trust  The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity By Francis Fukuyama p. 80 -95

Reviewed by:  Akbar Valadbigi,  Bagrat Harutyunyan 

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