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Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation

LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker


“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, ... More

Keywords: economic rights, social rights, cultural rights, civil rights, rights realization, legal norms, legal enforcement, legal mobilization, accountability, MAPs

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283091
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

LaDawn Haglund, editor
Arizona State University

Robin Stryker, editor
Univeristy of Arizona

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LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker

Part One Promises and Challenges of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Realization at the International Level

Chapter 1 Do Non-Human Rights Regimes Undermine the Achievement of Economic and Social Rights?

M. Rodwan Abouharb, David L. Cingranelli, and Mikhail Filippov

Part Two The Role of Domestic Law and Courts in ESCR Realization

Chapter 6 The Morality of Law

Doris Marie Provine

Part Three Beyond Judicial Mechanisms as Means to ESCR Realization

Chapter 8 The Challenge of Ensuring Food Security

Shareen Hertel and Susan Randolph

Part Four Measuring ESCR Realization

Chapter 11 Making the Principle of Progressive Realization Operational

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer, and Susan Randolph


Robin Stryker and LaDawn Haglund

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