The State of Economic and Social Human Rights

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/7/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: why economic and social human rights?
Core Rights:
The right to food: a global overview
Globalization and the right to health
Demolishing housing rights in the name of market fundamentalism: the dynamics of displacement in the United States, India, and South Africa
Implementation of the human right to social security around the world: a preliminary analysis of national social protection laws Lyle Scruggs
Why is the right to work so hard to secure?
The rights of the child to an adequate standard of living: applying international standards to the US case
Achieving women's economic rights in policy and in practice
Statelessness and economic and social rights
Establishing a social and international order for the realization of human rights
Beyond a minimum threshold: the right to social equality
The right to development from a human rights approach: conceptual bases, legal framework, and contemporary challenges
Constitutional environmental human rights: a descriptive analysis of 142 national constitutions
Conclusion: reflections on the theory and practice of economic and social rights
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