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Poverty and Human Rights
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Poverty and Human Rights

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

9781839102103 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Suzanne Egan, Associate Professor, School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland and Anna Chadwick, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 210 3 Extent: 224 pp
This timely and insightful book brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to evaluate the role of human rights in tackling the global challenges of poverty and economic inequality. Reflecting on the concrete experiences of particular countries in tackling poverty, it appraises the international success of human rights-based approaches.

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This timely and insightful book brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to evaluate the role of human rights in tackling the global challenges of poverty and economic inequality. Reflecting on the concrete experiences of particular countries in tackling poverty, it appraises the international success of human rights-based approaches.
 
Drawing on insights from philosophy, history, economics and politics, contributors consider a range of questions concerning the nature of human rights and their possible relationship to poverty, inequality and development. Chapters interrogate human rights-based approaches and question whether the normative human rights framework provides a sound foundation for addressing global poverty and equitable distribution of resources. Probing practical questions concerning the extent to which international human rights institutions have been effective in combating poverty, this thought-provoking book considers possible strategies in response to the challenges that lie ahead.
 
Offering robust and provocative guidelines for the future of human rights and development, this unique book will be indispensable for academics and researchers investigating the intersection of human rights and poverty, particularly those interested in human rights-based approaches to tackling inequality. Its practical insights will also benefit policy-makers in need of novel methodologies for promoting equality.
Critical Acclaim
‘Suzanne Egan and Anna Chadwick have brought together a range of emergent and established voices in this collection on the tensions and contradictions inherent in the roles of human rights in combating poverty. Multidisciplinary contributions explore theoretical and practical perspectives, framing the challenges across economical, political and geographical dimensions. Upon completion, the reader has undoubtedly a more holistic view of the tensions and contradictions encountered by human rights engagement in debates on poverty. Like all good books, it makes you think.’
– Rhona Smith, Newcastle University, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Vittorio Bufacchi, Anna Chadwick, Alan Connolly, María Dalli, Aoife Daly, Suzanne Egan, Graham Finlay, Su-Ming Khoo, Julia McClure, Nita Mishra, Lonneke Peperkamp, Ronald Tinnevelt, Jesse Tomalty, Wouter Vandenhole
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Contents:

1 Introduction: Poverty and human rights –
a multidimensional concept in search of multidimensional
collaboration 1
Suzanne Egan

PART I CRITICAL DEBATES
2 Keeping human rights out of poverty 23
Vittorio Bufacchi
Poverty and the rhetoric of human rights: a reply to Bufacchi 35
Jesse Tomalty
3 China, extreme poverty and consequentialist theories of
human rights 38
Graham Finlay
4 The legal construction of poverty: examining historic
tensions between property rights and subsistence rights 54
Julia McClure
5 Human rights, poverty and capitalism 68
Anna Chadwick
6 (Post)human rights, poverty and inequality: problems of
algocracy, pharmocracy and chemocracy 91
Su-Ming Khoo
7 Planet and people: making human rights distributive by design 105
Wouter Vandenhole
8 On the possibility of justified subsistence wars 122
Lonneke Peperkamp and Ronald Tinnevelt

PART II CASE STUDIES
9 An emphasis on social rights: a boost for the UK’s popular
rights discourse? 139
Aoife Daly and Alan Connolly
10 The provision of social assistance in Ireland and Spain:
a human rights assessment 156
María Dalli
11 Operationalising rights-based approaches to development:
chinks in the armour observed through a study of
anganwadi workers in Odisha, India 171
Nita Mishra
12 Afterword: Poverty and human rights 188
Anna Chadwick

Index 199
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