Towards New Global Strategies: Public Goods and Human Rights

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This book aims to contribute to the debate on global public goods, a debate which has been taking place for some time in the UN and the World Bank, among the regional development banks and bilaterally among states and donors. There is a need for new visions and strategies and to examine global infrastructure on the basis of the idea that global public goods, including human rights, contribute to cohesion at local, regional and international levels. The book investigates the possibilities and disadvantages of applying the idea of public goods in a global context. It explains the history of the concept and its significance for human rights. The authors include, in addition to academics, representatives from public institutions, civil society organizations, independent consultants, the media and the private sector.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004155077
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/2007
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction Erik Andre Andersen Birgit Lindsnaes xiii

1 Global Public Goods - Concepts and Definitions 1

The state and the citizen: Natural law as a public good Peter Wivel 3

Public goods: Concept, definition, and method Erik Andre Andersen Birgit Lindsnaes 29

On human rights: Lone Lindholt and Birgit Lindsnaes 53

The global and the regional outlook: How can global public goods be advanced from a human rights perspective? Birgit Lindsnaes 71

2 Peace and Security 113

Peace as a global public good Bjorn Moller 115

International institutions for preserving peace and security Erik Andre Andersen 159

The law of war Rikke Ishoy 183

The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Erik Andre Andersen 199

3 State and Citizen 215

Is good governance a global public good? Hans-Otto Sano 217

Legal protection and the rule of law as a global public good Hans Henrik Brydensholt Kristine Yigen 237

Curbing corruption: A global public good: The potential of international cooperation Kristine Yigen 255

Access to global public goods for socially and economically vulnerable groups Rie Odgaard Kristine Yigen 275

4 Access to Information 309

The right to know Anders Jerichow 311

Internet access as a global public good Henrik Lindholt Rikke Frank Jorgensen 327

Research, global public goods and welfare Peder Andersen 335

Education as a global public good Diego Bang 345

5 Examples of Implementation 369

Health is global - and a moving target Poul Birch Eriksen Ellen Bangsbo Jens Kvorning Lene Lange Esben Sonderstrup Uffe Torm Ib Bygbjerg 371

(Fresh) water as a human right and a global public good Jannik Boesen Poul Erik Lauridsen 393

Theinternational trade system Christian Friis Bach 419

The global responsibility of private companies Henrik Brade Johansen Helle Bank Jorgensen Jens Kvorning 433

6 Conclusion 451

Problems and potentials in the application of global public goods Erik Andre Andersen Peder Andersen Birgit Lindsnaes 453

Appendices 467

Appendix 1 Overview of Conventions, etc. 469

Appendix 2 Global public goods: FAQ a miniature dictionary 473

Appendix 3 Paul A. Samuelson: "The Pure Theory Of public Expenditure", Review of Economics and Statistics, 36(4), (1954) 481

Appendix 4 About the authors 487

Appendix 5 Members of the workings groups under the Danish Council for International Development Cooperation concerning global public goods and human rights, trade and health, respectively 495

Appendix 6 Programme for the series of seminars about global public goods, human rights and development (January-February 2004) 499

Appendix 7 Acronyms for international organizations including NGOs and Conventions 503

Index 509

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