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The State of Economic and Social Human Rights
A Global Overview

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Lanse Minkler, Susan Randolph, Shareen Hertel, Audrey R. Chapman, Salil Benegal, Cathy Albisa, Brittany Scott, Kate Tissington, Lyle Scruggs, Christian Zimmermann, Chris Jeffords, Philip Harvey, Kathryn Libal, Ken Neubeck, Cathy Buerger, Kristy A. Belton, Mark Gibney, Gillian MacNaughton, Flavia Piovesan, Michael Freeman
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107609136

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  • This edited volume offers original scholarship on economic and social human rights from leading and new cutting-edge scholars in the fields of economics, law, political science, sociology, and anthropology. It analyzes the core economic and social rights and the crucial topic of nondiscrimination, and includes an innovative section on “meta” rights. The main chapters answer important questions about economic and social rights performance around the world by emphasizing the obstacles that prevent governments from fulfilling their obligations. The interdisciplinary analysis offers a detailed and up-to-date discussion to help scholars and policy makers find the best ways to instantiate economic and social rights. The authors examine the role of the associated obligations, and especially the obstacles to respect, protect, and fulfill those obligations. The book's introductory and concluding chapters address conceptual issues and correct mistakes often made by critics of economic and social rights.

    • Presents an up-to-date status assessment of core economic and social rights
    • Focuses on obstacles that prevent governments from fulfilling their economic and social rights obligations
    • Presents a multidisciplinary analysis
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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107609136
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: why economic and social human rights? Lanse Minkler
    Part I. Core Rights:
    2. The right to food in global perspective Susan Randolph and Shareen Hertel
    3. Globalization and the right to health Audrey R. Chapman and Salil Benegal
    4. Demolishing housing rights in the name of market fundamentalism: the dynamics of displacement in the United States, India, and South Africa Cathy Albisa, Brittany Scott and Kate Tissington
    5. Implementation of the human right to social security around the world: a preliminary analysis of national social protection laws Lyle Scruggs, Christian Zimmermann and Chris Jeffords
    6. Why is the right to work so hard to secure? Philip Harvey
    Part II. Non-Discrimination:
    7. The rights of the child to an adequate standard of living: applying international standards to the US case Kathryn Libal and Ken Neubeck
    8. Achieving women's economic rights in policy and in practice Cathy Buerger
    9. Statelessness and economic and social rights Kristy A. Belton
    Part III. Meta:
    10. Establishing a social and international order for the realization of human rights Mark Gibney
    11. Beyond a minimum threshold: the right to social equality Gillian MacNaughton
    12. The right to development from a human rights approach: conceptual bases, legal framework, and contemporary challenges Flavia Piovesan
    13. Constitutional environmental human rights: a descriptive analysis of 142 national constitutions Chris Jeffords
    14. Conclusion: reflections on the theory and practice of economic and social rights Michael Freeman.

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    • Human Rights Today
  • Editor

    Lanse Minkler, University of Connecticut
    Lanse Minkler is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut and former Director of Socio-Economic Rights and Co-Founder of the Economic and Social Rights Research Group at the university's Human Rights Institute. His earlier research concerned worker knowledge contributions and worker motivations and the intersection between ethics and economics, which resulted in his book Integrity and Agreement: Economics When Principles Also Matter (2008). His current research interests center on human rights, particularly on the right to work and constitutionalizing economic and social rights. He co-edited Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues (with Shareen Hertel, 2007) and has published in Human Rights Quarterly and the Journal of Human Rights. Previously, he served on the Editorial Board and was Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy.


    Lanse Minkler, Susan Randolph, Shareen Hertel, Audrey R. Chapman, Salil Benegal, Cathy Albisa, Brittany Scott, Kate Tissington, Lyle Scruggs, Christian Zimmermann, Chris Jeffords, Philip Harvey, Kathryn Libal, Ken Neubeck, Cathy Buerger, Kristy A. Belton, Mark Gibney, Gillian MacNaughton, Flavia Piovesan, Michael Freeman

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