The Global New Deal: Economic and Social Human Rights in World Politics / Edition 2

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Overview

Global human suffering in the twenty-first century seems bitterly entrenched, with almost half of the world's people remaining impoverished and over 26,000 children dying daily from preventable causes. This powerful and empowering text offers a way forward, presenting a realistic roadmap for enhanced benevolent global governance with practical, workable solutions to mass poverty. Now fully updated, including new chapters, The Global New Deal outlines the legal responsibilities for all institutions, organizations, and states under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill economic and social human rights. William F. Felice focuses on seven key areas: the dynamics within international political economy that contribute to economic inequality and create human suffering, the U.N.'s approach to economic and social human rights, the priority of ecosystem protection within all development strategies, the degree of racial bias prevalent in global economics, the relationship between gender equality and economic growth, the impact of military spending on human development, and the importance for the United States to adopt a human-rights approach to poverty alleviation. Arguing for a "global new deal," a set of international and national public policy proposals designed to protect the vulnerable and end needless suffering, this book provides a viable direction for structural reform to protect those left behind by the global economy.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
This second edition is a rare discovery: methodologically sound and relevant social science research laced with a strong dose of compassion. A broad definition of human rights, based on the 'transitivity principle'—subsistence needs must be satisfied prior to the realization of other rights—is adopted. Yet, however measured, world poverty remains staggering despite the decade-old UN articulation of Millennium Development Goals (MDG), intended to substantially reduce poverty by 2015 as a first major step toward the fulfillment of universally declared fundamental rights. Progress toward the MDG has been sluggish and probably, from this reviewer's perspective, impeded by the global recession. Nevertheless, institutional mechanisms, such as committees to monitor rights, remain to strengthen rights for disadvantaged groups, those of gender and race included. Committees can be reinforced while certain policies, like military spending, can be redirected to advance rights. Felice offers a systematic analysis of pertinent data informed by human rights theory that, in turn, yields positive recommendations at the end of each chapter and, taken collectively, 'a new global deal' to effectively promote economic and social human rights. Research tied to relevance and compassion at its academic best. Highly recommended.
Abdullahi A. An-Na'Im
Praise for the first edition:
Through knowledge and imagination, solid evidence and insightful analysis, William Felice demonstrates that a global new deal is a viable alternative to the untenable status quo. He shows how getting there is a well-informed, deliberate process of 'globalization from below,' not a jump of faith! This book is a valuable resource for scholars and students of international relations and human rights, and an inspiring and empowering challenge to practitioners, local activists, and global citizens everywhere.
Brent L. Pickett
The first edition of this book, aside from being a great primer on the inner workings of the United Nations, made a compelling case that there are meaningful policy alternatives to the current socio-economic order that consigns hundreds of millions to poverty, malnutrition, and easily preventable disease. The second edition significantly expands the moral and economic justification for pursuing a Global New Deal. Felice (and Fuguitt) provides clear discussions of why global public goods are essential and how policies can be altered to better ensure their equitable provision. That, in combination with an expanded discussion of the capabilities approach, makes this book a rare achievement: a sophisticated yet clearly written work that—while conveying the moral urgency of fundamental policy change—also shows how that change is practical, congruent with international law, and in everyone’s best interest.
Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
Praise for the first edition:
Through knowledge and imagination, solid evidence and insightful analysis, William Felice demonstrates that a global new deal is a viable alternative to the untenable status quo. He shows how getting there is a well-informed, deliberate process of 'globalization from below,' not a jump of faith! This book is a valuable resource for scholars and students of international relations and human rights, and an inspiring and empowering challenge to practitioners, local activists, and global citizens everywhere.
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Praise for the first edition:
Through knowledge and imagination, solid evidence and insightful analysis, William Felice demonstrates that a global new deal is a viable alternative to the untenable status quo. He shows how getting there is a well-informed, deliberate process of 'globalization from below,' not a jump of faith! This book is a valuable resource for scholars and students of international relations and human rights, and an inspiring and empowering challenge to practitioners, local activists, and global citizens everywhere.
Sigrun I. Skogly
Praise for the first edition:
In this groundbreaking book, William Felice demonstrates the necessity of approaching human rights in its full complexity, and how a comprehensive approach to the subject may bring about real change for people suffering from severe human rights violations.
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
Praise for the first edition:
Student friendly. . . . The questions addressed in each chapter are introduced clearly, and there are useful boxes detailing key information. . . . The Global New Deal is a sophisticated and succinct text.
Michael J. Smith
Praise for the first edition:
This book amounts to that rare beast: an intelligent text that, as it informs, makes an interesting argument of its own. It also advances a set of specific proposals that could inspire lively class discussion and debate.
Choice
The central value of the volume is its discussion of the variety of existing institutions and laws that potentially can be harnessed to address global poverty. Recommended.
Millennium:Journal Of International Studies
student friendly. . .The questions addressed in each chapter are introduced clearly, and there are useful boxes detailing key information. Yet, The Global New Deal is a sophisticated and succinct text.
Maurice Williams
Praise for the first edition:
Felice's well-conceived proposals for enhanced benevolent global governance offer the only practical solutions to the social cancer of mass poverty, which is undermining world stability. His proposals are likely to dominate the ongoing debate concerning the means for achieving a more humane and sustainable globalization.
Sir Richard Jolly
Praise for the first edition:
The Global New Deal makes a real contribution in presenting a coherent agenda for international action in a form which, I suspect and hope, will appeal to many students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742567276
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. Felice is professor of international relations and global affairs at Eckerd College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Elimination of World Poverty
Chapter 1: Global Policy Choices: There Are Alternatives
Chapter 2: International Political Economy and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 3: The United Nations and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 4: The Environment and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 5: Race and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 6: Gender and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 7: Military Spending and Economic and Social Human Rights
Chapter 8: The United States and Economic and Social Human Rights:A Contrast with Europe
Chapter 9: The Global New Deal
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