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Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights

ISBN13: 9780199735501
Published: February 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
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One of the most ambitious legacies of the 20th century was the universal commitment to ensure freedom from want as a human right. How far have we progressed; to what extent are countries across the world living up to this commitment? This book charts new territory in examining the extent to which countries meet their obligations to progressively realize social and economic rights - the rights to education, food, health, housing, work and social security. States have long escaped accountability for these commitments by claiming inadequate resources.

The authors develop an innovative evidence based index, the Social & Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index and Achievement Possibilities Frontier methodology, making possible for the first time apples-to-apples comparisons of performance across very differently situated countries and over time. The book provides an overall global picture of progress, regress and disparities amongst and within countries and explores the factors influencing performance - including whether treaty and legal commitments, gender equity, democracy/autocracy, and economic growth, explain good performance - revealing surprising results. The data provide empirical evidence to resolve some long standing controversies over the principle of 'progressive realization'.

The book concludes by observing how the SERF Index can be used in evidence based social science research, policy making and accountability procedures to advance social and economic rights. By defying the boundaries of traditional research disciplines, this work fundamentally advances our knowledge about the status of and factors promoting social and economic rights fulfillment at the dawn of the 21st century.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
List of Boxes
List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Measuring Social and Economic Rights: the SERF Index Approach
Chapter 3: Constructing the SERF Index: Progressive Realization and Aggregation
Chapter 4: Constructing the SERF Index: From Rights Enjoyment to Indicators
Chapter 5: A Global Picture of Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment
Chapter 6: What Matters for Strong Performance?
Chapter 7: Responding to Critics: Trade-Offs, Policy Choices, Historical
Chapter 8: Conclusions
About the Authors