The Politics of Human Rights: A Global Perspective / Edition 2

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This book takes a critical look at the state of universal human rights in the context of globalization. Tony Evans argues that the state's central role in protecting and promoting rights has been severely weakened under globalization and that as a consequence human rights are becoming less attainable. As the value of the market grows, the value of individual human rights decreases.

The author departs from traditional interpretations of human rights by focusing on the political economy of human rights rather than on the philosophical or legal aspects. He analyses how issues related to globalization, such as the environment, population movement patterns and free trade impact on individual human rights. In conclusion, he argues that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other major treaties must be renegotiated to take globalization into account.
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Evans (politics, University of Southampton, UK) argues that globalization weakens traditionally held assumptions about the development and implementation of human rights. He departs from traditional approaches to human rights by focusing on the political economy of human rights rather than on philosophical or legal aspects. He analyzes how issues related to globalization, such as the environment, population movements, and free trade, impact on individual rights. In conclusion, he contends that the political economy provides a context that should alert us to pressing problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'A humane and engaging polemic against globalization on the grounds that it undermines human rights and retards democratization.' —Global Review of Ethnopolitics

'A very useful book for those who wish to understand the position of human rights in today's world.' — Peace News

'This book will appeal to critics of human rights and to those who question the growing, increasingly mainstream, political influence of rights discourse.' —International Relations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745323732
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2005
  • Series: Human Security in the Global Economy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : globalization and the study of universal human rights 1
1 The politics of universal human rights 12
2 The discourse of universal human rights 35
3 International human rights law and global politics 55
4 The political economy of human rights 77
5 Globalization, democracy and human rights 101
6 The promise of global community and human rights 126
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