The FLOOR working papers present results and demonstrate the progress of FLOOR, an interdisciplinary research group partly funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. If a working paper has been published, please refer to the publication if you wish to quote. All rights reserved.

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FLOOR Working Paper No. 33: John Berten (2013, online 2016) Numerische Technologien und Tools in der globalen Politik sozialer Grundsicherung. Masterarbeit an der Universität Bielefeld.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 32: Benjamin Davy (2015) Property in land as a human right. Presentation at the  6th Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society (ALPS) at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens (Georgia, USA) in April/May 2015 and at the First South Asian Regional Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) at the National Law School of India University at Bengaluru (India) in September 2015

FLOOR Working Paper No. 31: Benjamin Davy (2015) Human dignity and spatial justice. Presentation at the 2015 Annual Congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) in Prague (Czech Republic) in July 2015 and at the 55th Annual Congress of the Association of Collegiate Schhols of Planning (ACSP) in Houston (Texas, USA) in October 2015

FLOOR Working Paper No. 30: Benjamin Davy (2014, online 2015) Human dignity and private property. Presentation at the 8th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) at the Technion (Haifa, Israel) in February 2014 and at the 5th Annual Conference of the Association for Law, Property and Society at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in May 2014

FLOOR Working Paper No. 28: Tobias Böger (2013, online 2015) Diffusing social citizenship at the margins? The spread of social pensions in the global South

FLOOR Working Paper No. 26: Gabriel Ondetti (2015) The social function of property, land rights and social welfare in Brazil. Paper prepared for the workshop »Understanding Southern Welfare – the B(R)ICS countries«, 2426 November 2014, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld, Germany

FLOOR Working Paper No. 21: Tao LIU (2014) Intellectual origins of the Chinese Minimum Living Standard System. Applying a model of multiple knowledge diffusion.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 20: Benjamin Davy (2014) Non-humiliating plans! A human rights approach.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 19: Saskia Eddarkaoui (2014) Lokale Mechanismen der Sozialpolitik: Die Analyse der islamischen Zakat als sozialpolitisches Instrument zur Armutsreduzierung.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 18: Sattwick Dey Biswas (2014) Land rights formalization in India. Examining de Soto through the lens of Rawls' theory of justice.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 17: Nina-Claire Himpe (2013) »Das Soziale« in der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte. Ein Kompromiss zwischen Staaten der Welt.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 16: Michael Leutelt (2012) HelpAge's involvement in spreading social pensions in the global South: Slow and steady wins the race?   Includes 1 illustration and 1 FLOOR diffusion map.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 15: Michael Kolocek (2012) Land policy and the social floor to housing. The case of Latin America and Africa.
Based on a presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) in Belfast (7–10 February 2012).

FLOOR Working Paper No. 14: Anne Casprig (2012) Soziale Innovationen im Menschenrechtsdiskurs. Eine Analyse globaler Boden(nutzungs-)rechte in ICESCR und CEDAW.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 13: Benjamin Davy (2011) Don't tell anyone. Positions on property. Series VII of Faces of Land Policy. File size: 8 MB

FLOOR Working Paper No. 12: Benjamin Davy (2011) Surprising developments. Urban renewal in India and Germany. Invited keynote speech to the Opening Plenary of the 55th World Congress of the International Federation for Housing and Planning, 11 September 2011, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

FLOOR Working Paper No. 11: Moritz von Gliszczynski (2011) Ideas and discourse in policy research. Applying a constructivist approach on the global level.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 10: Armando Barrientos, Benjamin Davy, Ulrike Davy, Hartley Dean, Harvey M. Jacobs, Lutz Leisering, Sony Pellissery (2011) A road to global social citizenship? With 8 illustrations.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 9: Benjamin Davy (2011) Property and the politics of belonging. With 9 illustrations.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 8: Benjamin Davy & Sony Pellissery (2011) Gandhiji's talisman as social policy? 15 posters and 2 illustrations.
PLEASE NOTE: This working paper has 13 MB file size. Do not download in internet cafes or under similarly expensive circumstances. Please find a low resolution version of the posters here.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 7: Luise Buschmann (2010) Die Entstehung des Menschenrechts auf soziale Grundsicherung im International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 6: Benjamin Davy (2010) Räumliches Existenzminimum. Zu Bodenpolitik und Menschenwürde im Sozialstaat.
Invited paper, published August 2010 in Flächenmanagement und Bodenordnung 72 (4) 145–152.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 5: Benjamin Davy (2009) Sustainable land management and global social policy. Exploring self-descriptions of pro-poor land policy in China, India, Nepal, Tajikistan
Presented at the 2009 APSA Conference in Ahmadabad, India.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 4: Lutz Leisering (2010) Social assistance in developed and developing countries. A case of global social policy?
Revised version of a paper read at the International Symposium on International Setting of Standards and Innovation in Social Protection in Low Income Countries, organized by the Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Sozialrecht, Munich, 1416 October 2009.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 3: Lutz Leisering (2009) Extending social security to the excluded. Are social cash transfers to the poor an appropriate way of fighting poverty in developing countries?
final version has been published in: Global Social Policy vol. 9 (2009) no. 2: 246–272.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 2: Benjamin Davy (2009) The poor and the land: poverty, property, and planning
The final version has been published in: Town Planning Review vol. 80 (2009) no. 3: 227–265.

FLOOR Working Paper No. 1: Ulrike Davy (2008) Soziale Gleichheit — Voraussetzung oder Aufgabe der Verfassung?
Includes an abstract in English. The final version has been published in: Veröffentlichungen der Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer (2009) volume 68. De Gruyter Recht: Berlin: 122–174.