Introduction: making sense of the multiple and complex pathways by which human rights are realized / LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker Do non-human rights regimes undermine the achievement of economic and social rights? / M. Rodwan Abouharb, David l. Cingranelli, and Mikhail Filippov Linking law and economics : translating economic and social human rights norms into public policy / William F. Felice Advances and ongoing challenges in the protection of indigenous peoples' rights within the inter-American system and the United Nations special procedures system / Leonardo J. Alvarado The impact of legal strategies for claiming economic and social rights / Varun Gauri and Daniel Brinks The role of human rights law in protecting environmental rights in South Asia / Sumudu Atapattu The morality of law : the case against deportation of settled immigrants / Doris Marie Provine Social movements and the expansion of economic and social human rights advocacy among international NGOs / Paul J. Nelson The challenge of ensuring food security : global perspectives and evidence from India / Shareen Hertel and Susan Randolph Achieving rights to land, water and health in post-apartheid South Africa / Heinz Klug Social accountability in the World Bank : how does it overlap with human and ESCR rights? / Hans-Otto Sano Making the principle of progressive realization operational : the SERF index, an index for monitoring state fulfillment of economic and social rights obligations / Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer, and Susan Randolph Deepening our understanding of rights realization through disaggregation and mapping: integrating census data and participatory GIS / Rimjhim Aggarwal and Ladawn Haglund Studying courts in context : the role of non-judicial institutional and socio-political realities / Siri Gloppen Conclusion: emerging possibilities for social transformation / Robin Stryker and LaDawn Haglund.
"'Rights' language and practices have been used increasingly in the last decade to address conditions of economic, social, and cultural marginalization. It is still unclear, however, whether such efforts have been effective at promoting transformative social change. Have rights - as embodied in constitutions, statutory and judicial law, international conventions, resolutions, and treaties - fostered demonstrative improvements in the lives of the excluded? When, where, how, and under what conditions? This volume explores these questions through a systematic comparison of the mechanisms, actors, and pathways (MAPs) operating in a diversity of cases, analyzed by established scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds. The MAPs comparative approach provides insights into the conditions under which, and institutions through which, rights 'on the books' are more or less effectively translated into substantive rights realization. We suggest multiple pathways in which litigation may combine with non-legal mechanisms and strategies, including institutionalized and non-institutionalized politics and global and local networks and advocacy. The volume is unique in its synthesis and advancement of parallel issues and debates across different disciplines and geographic regions; it likewise brings into dialogue scholars of economic, social and cultural rights with the scholarship on civil and political rights. These cross-fertilizations allow us to conclude by proposing a series of testable hypotheses about how economic and social rights might be realized, as well as an agenda for future research to broaden and deepen empirical integration and theoretical synthesis in ways that can facilitate human rights realization worldwide."--Provided by publisher.
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