Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation.pdf

Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation.pdf


Do "human rights" as embodied in constitutions, national laws, and international agreements foster improvements in the lives of the poor or otherwise marginalized populations? When, where, how, and under what conditions? Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation systematically compares a range of case studies from around the world in order to clarify the conditions under which and institutions through which economic, social, and cultural rights are progressively realized in practice. It concludes with testable hypotheses regarding how significant transformative change might occur, as well as an agenda for future research to facilitate rights realization worldwide.

LaDawn Haglund is Associate Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and Fellow of Human Rights and Sustainability at the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability. Her work has received support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Brazilian Fulbright Commission. Her other publications include Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods and articles in Latin American Perspectives, Journal of Human Rights, Water Policy, and European Journal of Sociology. Robin Stryker is Professor of Sociology, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Government and Public Policy, and Research Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse, at the University of Arizona. She is a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and is a past Chair of the American Sociological Association's sections on Theory, Political Sociology,and the Sociology of Law. She has received many awards for teaching and for research, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Jean Monnet Fellowship, and substantial support from the U.S. National Science Foundation. She publishes regularly in journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Sociological Methods and Research, Socio-Economic Review, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Social Politics, Politics & Society, International Journal of Sociology, Social Policy Research in Stratification and Social Mobility, Sociological Quarterly, and Social Problems.


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