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Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights


The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy invites you to this presentation and discussion with the authors on their new book "Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the Radical Potential of Human Rights" 


RNR16BalakrishnanRadhika5290adhika Balakrishnan, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University




Diane ElsonDiane Elson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex 





JJames Heintzames Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts 



Chair:  Dr Polly Vizard, Associate Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow, CASE

Date: Tuesday 28 February, 2017, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm

Venue: 32L.LG.18 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Lower ground, room 18)


The dominant approach to economic policy has so far failed adequately to address the pressing challenges the world faces today: extreme poverty, widespread joblessness and precarious employment, burgeoning inequality, and large-scale environmental threats. This message was brought home forcibly by the 2008 global economic crisis.

The recently released ‘Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice’ (Routledge 2016) shows how human rights have the potential to transform economic thinking and policy-making with far-reaching consequences for social justice. The authors make the case for a new normative and analytical framework, based on a broader range of objectives which have the potential to increase the substantive freedoms and choices people enjoy in the course of their lives and not on narrow goals such as the growth of gross domestic product. The book covers a range of issues including inequality, fiscal and monetary policy, international development assistance, financial markets, globalization, and economic instability. This new approach allows for a complex interaction between individual rights, collective rights and collective action, as well as encompassing a legal framework which offers formal mechanisms through which unjust policy can be protested. 

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