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Economic and Social Rights in a Neoliberal World


Gillian MacNaughton, Diane F. Frey, James Heintz, Felipe Ford Cole, Asa Maron, James Murphy, Ben T. C. Warwick, Allison Corkery, Heba Khalil, Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez, Amanda Cahill-Ripley, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Carmel Williams, Alison Blaiklock, Joo-Young Lee, Jean Carmalt, LaDawn Haglund
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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108406567

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  • The rise of neoliberal policy and practice simultaneous to the growing recognition of economic and social rights presents a puzzle. Can the rights to food, water, health education, decent work, social security and the benefits of science prevail against market fundamentalism? Economic and Social Rights in a Neoliberal World is about the potential of these rights to contest the adverse impacts of neoliberal policy and practice on human wellbeing. Cutting across several lines of human rights literature, the chapters address norm development, court decision making, policymaking, advocacy, measurement and social mobilization. The analyses reveal that neoliberalism infiltrates management practices, changes international policy goals, flattens public school curriculum and distorts the outputs of UN human rights treaty bodies. Are economic and social rights successful in challenging neoliberalism, are they simply marginalized or are they co-opted and incorporated into neoliberal frameworks? This multidisciplinary work by a geographically diverse group of scholars and practitioners begins to address these questions.

    • Readers will learn about ways that neoliberalism has been integrated into all facets of life
    • Chapters are written to be accessible to people in many disciplines
    • Short chapters focus on a wide range of countries
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    'Economic and Social Rights in a Neoliberal World is essential reading for anyone interested in improving the realisation of economic and social rights, including all those working to achieve SDG Goal 1.' Gillian Moon, Australian Journal of Human Rights

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108406567
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Gillian MacNaughton and Diane F. Frey
    Part I. Economic and Social Rights under Neoliberalism:
    2. Inequality, neoliberalism and human rights James Heintz
    3. Neoliberalism's law in Peru: a model Felipe Ford Cole
    4. Governing risky childhoods: how neoliberal governance prescriptions rule out social rights in Israel Asa Maron
    5. Neoliberalism and the privatization of social rights in education James Murphy
    6. Equality rights beyond neoliberal constraints Gillian MacNaughton
    Part II. Economic and Social Rights in Times of Crisis:
    7. A hierarchy of comfort? The CESCR's approach to the 2008 economic crisis Ben T. C. Warwick
    8. Do metrics matter? Accountability for economic and social rights in post-revolution Egypt Allison Corkery and Heba Khalil
    9. Contesting neoliberalism: bringing in economic and social rights to end violence against women in Mexico Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez
    10. Challenging neoliberalism: making economic and social rights matter in the peacebuilding agenda Amanda Cahill-Ripley
    Part III. Economic and Social Rights in Development:
    11. Developmental states, neoliberalism and the right to food: Brazil and South Africa Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
    12. Human rights informed the sustainable development goals but are they lost in New Zealand's neoliberal aid program? Carmel Williams and Alison Blaiklock
    13. Neoliberal developmentalism in South Korea and the unfulfilled promise of economic and social rights Joo-Young Lee
    Part IV. Accountability for Economic and Social Rights:
    14. Social justice, neoliberalism and labor standards at the International Labour Organization Diane F. Frey
    15. Neoliberal geographies and the justiciability of economic and social rights Jean Carmalt
    16. Can human rights challenge neoliberal logics? Evidence from water and sanitation rulings in São Paulo, Brazil LaDawn Haglund
    17. Conclusion Diane F. Frey and Gillian MacNaughton.

  • Editors

    Gillian MacNaughton, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Gillian MacNaughton is an Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, and a Senior Fellow with the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She works on economic and social rights, and human rights-based approaches to social justice. Her recent research is published in Health and Human Rights Journal, International Journal of Human Rights, and Georgetown Journal of International Law. MacNaughton has consulted for the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She received her doctorate in law from the University of Oxford.

    Diane F. Frey, San Francisco State University
    Diane F. Frey is a Lecturer in Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard University Extension School. Previously, she was the Director of Labor Studies at the National Labor College. Frey's research examines worker rights in comparative perspective, drawing on international labor standards and human rights law, and appears in Global Labour Journal, International Journal of Human Rights, and Georgetown Journal of International Law, as well as edited volumes published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She received a Ph.D. in International Comparative Employment Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


    Gillian MacNaughton, Diane F. Frey, James Heintz, Felipe Ford Cole, Asa Maron, James Murphy, Ben T. C. Warwick, Allison Corkery, Heba Khalil, Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez, Amanda Cahill-Ripley, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Carmel Williams, Alison Blaiklock, Joo-Young Lee, Jean Carmalt, LaDawn Haglund

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