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Economic Policy and Human Rights 9781848138742

Economic Policy and Human Rights

Holding Governments to Account

ISBN-10: 1848138741
ISBN-13: 9781848138742
PUBLISHER: Zed Books, Limited
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Economic Policy and Human Rights presents a powerful critique of three decades of neoliberal economic policies, assessed from the perspective of agreed upon human rights norms. In doing so, it brings together two areas of thought and action that have hitherto been separate: progressive economics concerned with promoting economic justice and human development; and human rights analysis and advocacy. Focusing on in-depth comparative case studies of the USA and Mexico and looking at issues such as public expenditure, taxation, and international trade, the book shows that heterodox economic analysis benefits greatly from a deeper understanding of a human rights framework. This is something progressive economists have often been skeptical of, regarding it as overly individualistic, not grounded in an understanding of economic issues, or too deeply entrenched in "Western" norms, discourses, and agendas. While such criticisms have some validity, the categorical rejection of the human rights framework is unwarranted. Instead, they can provide an invaluable ethical and accountability framework, challenging a narrow focus on efficiency and growth. This is a vital book for anyone interested in human rights and harnessing economics to create a better world.

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PAGES: 272
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Political Science
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