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1st Edition

Development and the Politics of Human Rights

ISBN 9781498707060
Published December 15, 2015 by Routledge
286 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Despite decades spent confronting human rights violations around the world, particularly in regions of instability, the issue remains one of the most divisive, chaotic, and challenging to address. Development and the Politics of Human Rights takes a much-needed holistic approach. It unpacks the questions of human advocacy and policy, identifies traps in discussions about violations of rights, and presents best practices for a variety of disciplinary approaches by engaging several situational, professional, and regional perspectives.

The contributions in this book represent the seeds of a growing culture of resistance against those who persecute the ideas and practices of freedom and enlightenment. It explores questions such as whether there are universal parameters for human rights across geopolitical contexts, how conflicts and crises affect issues relevant to human rights, and what the best practices are for sustaining these rights and for identifying accountability in their protection.

The book gradually narrows its focus from global to local concerns, beginning with a structural examination of international governmental institutions, followed by analyses of the operational dynamics within various states and localities. It presents specific contexts for analyzing unique challenges to the establishment, maintenance, and strengthening of human rights. It also paints portraits of how abandoning the struggle for recognizing, protecting, and upholding human rights would impact the future of free and open societies.

A thoughtful and proactive approach to the problem of continued violations of human rights, Development and the Politics of Human Rights gives a sense of imperative to act toward the development of a more cooperative network of communities. It advocates continuously improving interaction between organizations and individuals in professional and academic spheres toward shaping a world in which human rights can flourish.

Table of Contents


Revisiting World-Systems Analysis in Understanding Development
Marinko Bobić

Does the Primary Condition for a Sustainable Human Development Meet the Feasibility Condition of Cost–Benefit Analysis?
Hasnat Dewan

Crossing Borders: Academe and Cultural Agency in Agricultural Research
Robert W. Blake, Elvira E. Sánchez-Blake, and Debra A. Castillo

Subordinated Inclusion: The Developmental State and the Dalit Colonies of Southern Kerala
K. M. Pramod

Impact of Labor Law Enhancement in China on Development and Its Implications for Global Development Theory
Marguerite Marlin and Scott Nicholas Romaniuk

Persistence of Italian Mafia: Violent Entrepreneurs in Developed States
Marinko Bobić Bridging Worlds: Academe and Cultural Agency in Southern Mexico
Robert W. Blake, Elvira E. Sánchez-Blake, and Debra A. Castillo

A New Index to Measure Group Inequalities in Human Development for Sustainability
Hasnat Dewan

Coordination Failure in Global Common Pool Governance?
Jan-Erik Lane

Bernard Stiegler on Agricultural Innovation
Pieter Lemmens


Foreign Aid and Human Rights: Putting Investment into Perspective
Sebastian D. T. Jedicke and Scott Nicholas Romaniuk

Discrimination and Hate: Overcriminalization or New Normativity?
Charis Papacharalambous

Work Discrimination against Women Employees in Malaysia
Zaiton Othman and Nooraini Othman

Employee Rights: The Equity–Equality Conflict as a Dilemma in the Management of Reward Systems
Steen Scheuer

Securing the Future of the Community: Child Protection in ASEAN
Palapan Kampan and Adam R. Tanielian

Researching International Humanitarian Law: A Decision-Making Process Model for Operationalizing State Practice
Matthew T. Zommer

Gender Conjectures and Politics of Land Right Deprivation in South-Eastern Nigeria
Amaka Theresa Emordi and Emeka Thaddeus Njoku

Monitoring the Right to Health: The Political, Social, and Ethical Impact of Patient Satisfaction
Emmanuel Kabengele Mpinga and Philippe Chastonay

The Application of the French, English, and Dutch Notions of Citizenship on the Criminal Law Approach toward Female Genital Mutilation
Renée Kool and Sohail Wahedi

"You Just Don’t See Us": The Influence of Public Schema on Constructions of Sexuality by People with Cerebral Palsy
Tinashe M. Dune

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Scott Nicholas Romaniuk is a PhD candidate in international studies at the University of Trento, Italy. He holds an MRes in political research from the University of Aberdeen, a BA with a double major in history and in German language and literature from the University of Alberta, and certificates in terrorism, counterterrorism, and war and peace. His research focuses on asymmetric warfare, counterterrorism, international security, and the use of force.

Marguerite Marlin is a PhD candidate in political science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She specializes in comparative legislatures, nongovernmental influence on public policy, and Arctic affairs. She earned her MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. She was a young researcher at the Northern Research Forum’s Open Assembly in 2014 and her writings have been featured in a variety of academic and nonacademic publications.