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The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa
What are the prospects and means of achieving development through a democratic politics of socio-economic rights? Starting from the position that socio-economic rights are as legally and normatively valid as civil and political rights, this anthology explores the politics of acquiring and transforming socio-economic rights in South Africa. The book brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars in an examination of the multifaceted politics of social and economic policy-making, rights-based political struggles and socio-economic rights litigations. The post-apartheid South African experience shows that there is no guarantee that democracy will eliminate poverty or reduce social inequality, but also that democratic institutions and politics may provide important means for asserting interests and rights in regard to development. Thus it is argued that democratic politics of socio-economic rights may democratise development while also developing democracy.
Author: Mark G. Brett
This book analyses patterns of collective action that emerged during Guatemala’s democratic transition between 1985 and 1996, focusing in particular on the role of indigenous actors in the political processes undergirding and shaping democratisation and the respective impact of the transition upon indigenous social movements. Comparatively little has been written about collective action in Guatemala within the discipline of political science, despite the mobilisation of a wide range of social movements in response to the brutal armed conflict; rather, literature has focused principally on the role of elite actors in democratisation. This study presents a fresh perspective, presenting an analysis of the political evolution of three social movements and their human rights platforms through the framework of social movement theory.

current processes in scr correlate with democratization and secularization trends? What are the driving forces behind the religious conflicts and how do they affect religious policy and legislation? How can we use theoretical models of scr to describe, understand, and apply practical remedies to

In: Journal of Law, Religion and State

current processes in scr correlate with democratization and secularization trends? What are the driving forces behind the religious conflicts and how do they affect religious policy and legislation? How can we use theoretical models of scr to describe, understand, and apply practical remedies to

In: Journal of Law, Religion and State
Author: Yannick du Pont

Democratisation through supporting civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina Yannick du Pont 'What else are we doing but political engineering? We cannot avoid it1, Mr. Herbert Salber, member of the German delegation to the OSCE in Vienna. Introduction This article will discuss OSCE

In: Helsinki Monitor
Author: Thomas Jandl

Environmental activism and democratization in Russia Thomas Jandl Analyzing Russia's official attempt to crack down on environmental organizations, the one question that is rarely asked and so far remains unanswered is 'why?' What started in October 1995 with a search of Bellona's s St

In: Helsinki Monitor
Author: Monika Wohlfeld

The OSCE contribution to democratization in North African countries Monika Wohlfeld 1 Introduction The events in North Africa and the Middle East which started in early 2011, and which have been colloquially (although as some argue not entirely appropriately) named the ‘Arab Spring’, have

In: Security and Human Rights
Authors: Zaw Oo and Kai Grieg

and INTRODUCTION During the past decade, many developing countries have undergone great transformations - a phenomenon often referred to as 'the third wave of democratisation'. Being part of this international trend, the people of Burma demonstrated as early as in 1990 their desire

In: Human Rights in Development Online
Editor-in-Chief: Wei Zhang
The book series Chinese Perspectives on Human Rights and Good Governance is edited within the Institute for Human Rights at the China University of Political Science and Law. It offers scholarly analysis and discussion of the theory and practice of international and national human rights law and good governance issues of particular relevance to China.
Author: Manfred Nowak
Human rights are the only universally recognized system of contemporary values which, during the last 50 years, has been gradually developed and defined by all States in a comprehensive international legal framework. The international human rights regime is closely related to international peace and security, development and a global trend towards pluralist democracy, good governance and the rule of law.
International humanitarian and criminal law can today be considered as specific aspects of international human rights law, which after the end of the Cold War has become increasingly complex and difficult to oversee. The present textbook attempts to provide a first and at the same time comprehensive introduction to the idea and significance of human rights, its philosophical and theoretical foundations, historical development, the main structures and procedures of international human rights protection by the United Nations and regional organizations (Council of Europe, Organization of American States, African Union, OSCE and others), and modern trends, such as preventive mechanisms, international criminal law, human rights as essential elements of peace-keeping and peace-building operations, humanitarian intervention or the relationship between human rights and terrorism. The book perceives human rights as an inter-disciplinary topic and illustrates the theory of human rights with a considerable number of practical case-studies, graphics, statistics, procedural charts and textboxes. It serves as a textbook for students of law, political science, international relations and other academic fields related to human rights, but may as well be used as a first introduction for those working in the field, for NGO activists, legal practitioners and others interested in the fascinating world of universal human rights.