International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance

International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance

by Balakrishnan Rajagopal, B. Rajagopal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816467

ISBN-13: 9780521816465

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The emergence of transnational social movements as major actors in international politics - as witnessed in Seattle in 1999 and elsewhere - has sent shockwaves through the international system. Many questions have arisen about the legitimacy, coherence and efficiency of the international order in the light of the challenges posed by social movements. This book offers…  See more details below

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The emergence of transnational social movements as major actors in international politics - as witnessed in Seattle in 1999 and elsewhere - has sent shockwaves through the international system. Many questions have arisen about the legitimacy, coherence and efficiency of the international order in the light of the challenges posed by social movements. This book offers a fundamental critique of twentieth-century international law from the perspective of Third World social movements - the first ever to do so. It examines in detail the growth of two key components of modern international law - international institutions and human rights - in the context of changing historical patterns of Third World resistance. Using a historical and interdisciplinary approach, Rajagopal presents compelling evidence challenging current debates on the evolution of norms and institutions, the meaning and nature of the Third World as well as the political economy of its involvement in the international system.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816465
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IInternational law, development, and Third World resistance7
1Writing Third World resistance into international law 9
2International law and the development encounter24
Pt. IIInternational law, Third World resistance, and the institutionalization of development: the invention of the apparatus37
3Laying the groundwork: the Mandate system50
4Radicalizing institutions and/or institutionalizing radicalism? UNCTAD and the NIEO debate73
5From resistance to renewal: Bretton Woods institutions and the emergence of the "new" development agenda95
6Completing a full circle: democracy and the discontent of development135
Pt. IIIDecolonizing resistance: human rights and the challenge of social movements163
7Human rights and the Third World: constituting the discourse of resistance171
8Recoding resistance: social movements and the challenge to international law233
9Markets, gender and identity: a case study of the Working Women's Forum as a social movement272
Pt. IVEpilogue289
References297
Index330

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