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Economic Rights: The Terrain


  • Shareen Hertel

    (University of Connecticut, Department of Political Sciencs and Human Rights Institute)

  • Lanse Minkler

    (University of Connecticut, Department of Economics)


Economic rights are central to the international human rights regime, even if they have received less attention historically (at least in the West). This chapter, and the volume from which it is drawn, investigates the central conceptual, measurement, and policy issues confronting economic rights. While many important aspects remain to be addressed, conceiving problems in terms of economic rights may provide novel, effective ways to reduce world poverty, and to enhance respect for human dignity.

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  • Shareen Hertel & Lanse Minkler, 2007. "Economic Rights: The Terrain," Economic Rights Working Papers 1, University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:ecriwp:1
    Note: Chapter 1 from: Hertel, S. and L. Minkler, 2007 (Eds). Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.

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    2. John Davis, 2009. "Justifying Human Rights: Economics and the Individual," Forum for Social Economics, Springer;The Association for Social Economics, vol. 38(1), pages 79-89, April.
    3. Zajak, Sabrina, 2014. "Pathways of transnational activism: A conceptual framework," MPIfG Discussion Paper 14/5, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
    4. Grodsky Brian Keith, 2012. "Counter-Elites Swimming Up-Stream: The Challenge of Pursuing a Political Rights Agenda where Economic Rights Trump," New Global Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 6(3), pages 1-24, December.

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