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Economic globalisation and universal human rights both have the aspiration and power to improve and enrich individuals and communities. However, their respective institutions, methods, practices and goals differ, leading to both detrimental clashes and beneficial synergies. In this 2009 book, David Kinley analyses how human rights intersect with the trade, aid and commercial dimensions of global economic relations, taking the view that, while the global economy is a vitally important civilising instrument, it itself requires civilising according to human rights standards. Combining meticulous research with highly informed views and experiences, he outlines the intellectual, policy and practical frameworks for ensuring that the global economy advances the ends of human rights, argues for better exploitation of the global economy's capacity to distribute as well as create wealth, and proposes mechanisms by which to minimise and manage the socially debilitating effects of its market failures and financial meltdowns.Read more
- Blends the disciplines of economics, human rights, law and politics to produce a coherent thesis of what needs to be done to make sure that the global economy serves the interests of the many and not just the few
- Provides readers with the philosophical tools, the facts and the figures to explain how economic aid can better protect the human rights of the poor
- Explores the responsibilities of global economic actors to respect people's human rights, building a persuasive case for why and how these duties ought to be reconfigured and enforced
- Draws on a wide range of illuminating cases, materials and arguments to demonstrate how, in the wake of a global financial crisis, human rights responsibilities can be met while simultaneously promoting global economic growth
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"[Civilising Globalisation] offers a thoughtful assessment of two indispensable elements in our society today: global economic progress and human rights. The book explores how human rights standards can guide international trade, aid and business."
--Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTOSee more reviews
"In all, Civilizing Globalization makes a strong case that human rights concerns should be better incorporated into the global economy, and that economic actors, including international organizations, development agencies, and MNCs, need to more fully examine the ways in which human rights concerns figure into their roles." - H-REVIEW Digest
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- Date Published: September 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521716246
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. Economic globalisation and universal human rights
2. Trade and human rights
3. Aid and human rights
4. Commerce and human rights
5. Civilising globalisation ahead.
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