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Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index: Country Scores and Rankings

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  • Susan Randolph

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    (The New School)

  • Terra Lawson-Remer

    (The New School)

Building on previously proposed methodology for an index of economic and social rights fulfillment, this paper presents country scores and rankings based on the Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index (ESRF Index). Unlike socio-economic indicators, which are often used as proxies for the extent to which rights-holders enjoy economic and social rights, the ESRF Index incorporates the perspective of the duty-bearer as well as the rights-holder, and takes into account the concept of progressive realization. The resulting scores and rankings provide important new information that complements other measures of economic and social rights fulfillement. The ESRF Index is an important conceptual an methodological breakthrough although is still does not capture all key human rights principles, such as the right to non-discrimination and equality. The paper also analyzes the results of the global ranking and outlines some priorities for further research.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute in its series Economic Rights Working Papers with number 11.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
Handle: RePEc:uct:ecriwp:11
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  1. Patrick Nolan Guyer & Sakiko Fukuda-Parr & Susan Randolph & Louise Moreira Daniels, 2009. "Measuring the Progressive Realization of Economic and Social Human Rights in Brazil: A Disaggregated Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index," Economic Rights Working Papers 10, University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute.
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