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Economic Rights
Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues


Shareen Hertel, Lanse Minkler, Jack Donnelly, Wiktor Osiatynski, Albino Barrera, Michael Goodhart, Philip Harvey, Audrey R. Chapman, Clair Apodaca, Mwangi Samson Kimenyi, David L. Cingranelli, David L. Richards, Shawna E. Sweeney, Sigrun I. Skogly, Mark Gibney, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, David Forsythe, Susan Dicklitch, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Kaushik Basu, Peter Dorman
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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521690829

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  • This edited volume offers scholarship on economic rights by leading scholars in the fields of economics, law, and political science. It analyzes the central features of economic rights: their conceptual, measurement, and policy dimensions. In its introduction, the book provides a conceptualization of economic rights based on a three-pronged definition: the right to a decent standard of living, the right to work, and the right to basic income support for people who cannot work. Subsequent chapters correct existing conceptual mistakes in the literature, provide new measurement techniques with country rankings, and analyze policy implementation at the international, regional, national, and local levels. While it forms a cohesive whole, the book is nevertheless rich in contending perspectives.

    • Clear organizational format, excellent for teaching
    • Contributors include top scholars in economics, law, and political science
    • New and innovative techniques for measuring economic rights (including country rankings)
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    'This edited volume brings to the fore the vital concept of economic rights. … The editors have filled the existing research gaps by not only addressing the debate on economic rights in a much more comprehensive manner, but also by providing a deeper understanding of the notion of economic rights. The articles in this volume are by knowledgeable writers, some of whom are established authorities in their respective fields. In an informative introduction, the editors lay out the issues related to economic rights and provide a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of available research on economic rights. … I highly recommend this volume for researchers, policy makers, policy activists and students working on economic rights and social security.' Development and Change

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521690829
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Economic rights: the terrain Shareen Hertel and Lanse Minkler
    Part I. Concepts:
    2. The West and economic rights Jack Donnelly
    3. A needs-based approach to social and economic rights Wiktor Osiatynski
    4. Economic rights in the knowledge economy: an instrumental justification Albino Barrera
    5. 'None so poor that he is compelled to sell himself': democracy, subsistence, and basic income Michael Goodhart
    6. Benchmarking the right to work Philip Harvey
    Part II. Measurement:
    7. The status of efforts to monitor economic, social, and cultural rights Audrey R. Chapman
    8. Measuring the progressive realization of economic and social rights Clair Apodaca
    9. Economic rights, human development effort, and institutions Mwangi Samson Kimenyi
    10. Measuring government effort to respect economic and social human rights: a peer benchmark David L. Cingranelli and David L. Richards
    11. Government respect for women's economic rights: a cross-national analysis, 1981–2003 Shawna E. Sweeney
    Part III. Policy Issues:
    12. Economic rights and extraterritorial obligations Sigrun I. Skogly and Mark Gibney
    13. Millenium development goal 8: can it be an accountability framework for international human rights obligations? Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
    14. The United States and international economic rights: law, social reality, and political choice David Forsythe
    15. Public policy and economic rights in Ghana and Uganda Susan Dicklitch and Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann
    16. Human rights as instruments of emancipation and economic development Kaushik Basu
    17. Worker rights and economic development: the cases of occupational safety and health and child labor Peter Dorman.

  • Authors

    Shareen Hertel, University of Connecticut
    Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and holds a joint appointment with the university's Human Rights Institute. She has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia. She is the author of Unexpected Power: Conflict and Change Among Transnational Activists (2006), co-editor of Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has published numerous scholarly articles. Hertel is incoming editor of The Journal of Human Rights and serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review, Human Rights and Human Welfare, and the International Studies Intensives book series of Paradigm Publishers.

    Lanse Minkler, University of Connecticut
    Lanse Minkler is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut and Director of Socio-Economic Rights at the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. Much of his research has concerned worker knowledge contributions and worker motivations. Most recently, he has been interested in the intersection between ethics and economics - resulting in the book Integrity and Agreement: Economics When Principles Also Matter (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming). His current research interests center on economic rights, most particularly on the right to work. He has recently served on the Editorial Board and as Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy.


    Shareen Hertel, Lanse Minkler, Jack Donnelly, Wiktor Osiatynski, Albino Barrera, Michael Goodhart, Philip Harvey, Audrey R. Chapman, Clair Apodaca, Mwangi Samson Kimenyi, David L. Cingranelli, David L. Richards, Shawna E. Sweeney, Sigrun I. Skogly, Mark Gibney, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, David Forsythe, Susan Dicklitch, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Kaushik Basu, Peter Dorman

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