Employment and Human Rights: The International Dimension

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In Employment and Human Rights: The International Dimension, Richard Lewis Siegel discusses the historical evolution of the right to employment as well as regional and global efforts to achieve full employment. In the first section of the book, he examines a wealth of material, from English radical pamphlets of the seventeenth century to the recent debates at the United Nations and the International Labor Organization, placing intellectual history in the broadest possible ...

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Overview

In Employment and Human Rights: The International Dimension, Richard Lewis Siegel discusses the historical evolution of the right to employment as well as regional and global efforts to achieve full employment. In the first section of the book, he examines a wealth of material, from English radical pamphlets of the seventeenth century to the recent debates at the United Nations and the International Labor Organization, placing intellectual history in the broadest possible economic, political, and social contexts.

In the second section, Siegel examines global and regional efforts in the present century intended to further the implementation of the right to employment. He traces the development of international cooperation and examines the reasons for the limited accomplishments, including a lack of consensus about the effectiveness of public policies; the politicization and strongly ideological nature of the international debates; and the turf and policy struggles within and among the highly influential intergovernmental organizations and national governments.

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"This book should have appeal for a broad spectrum of scholars."—Choice

"Siegel's treatment of the employment issue brings together three perspectives, national, international, and transnational, and he does this very effectively both in terms of style and substance; he relates national, local, and regional developments to international ones and to the attempts at regulation of the employment issue through agreements and devices that transcend the national state, though, of course, without replacing it as yet. This is quite a feat, conceptually and intellectually."—Alexander J. Groth

"Siegel's book provides a much needed 'map' for scholars and activists alike, who need to understand how the complex of institutions in the field of international human rights have developed the idea of a right to employment, have modified and adapted it over time, have interacted with other institutions—governmental, intergovernmental, and private—and have been themselves shaped and influenced by theoretical and didactic writing over the past century or more."—Sumner M. Rosen

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Siegel traces the historical development of the right to employment as well as regional and global efforts to achieve full employment, relating employment and unemployment to various theories of political economy, to a variety of historical and contemporary political movements, and to the construction and transformation of contemporary international regimes and global policies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Unemployment: The Case for an International Response 1
Ch. 2 The Right to Employment and the Evolving Welfare State: 1600-1900 23
Ch. 3 Initiating International Involvement: The Right to Work and Full Employment Policies, 1900-1966 52
Ch. 4 Support and Reconsiderations: Beyond the Covenants 72
Ch. 5 The Limits of the International Response 101
Ch. 6 New Directions in the Nineties 144
Appendix I. International Labor Organization 193
Convention 122: Convention Concerning Employment Policy, adopted 1964 193
Recommendation 122: Recommendation Concerning Employment Policy, adopted 1964 196
Recommendation 169: Recommendation Concerning Employment Policy (Supplementary Provisions), adopted 1984 208
Appendix II. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 219
Resolution of the Council on Manpower Policy as a Means for the Promotion of Economic Growth, 1964 219
Recommendation of the Council on a General Employment and Manpower Policy, adopted 1976 223
Appendix III. Council of Europe 226
European Social Charter, signed 1961 226
Appendix IV. United Nations 241
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, adopted 1966 241
Appendix V. European Community 250
Protocol on Social Policy, signed 1992 250
Agreement on Social Policy Concluded Between the Member States of the European Community with the Exception of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, signed 1992 251
Bibliography 255
Index 263
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