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Reflections on the Right to Development
Image of RTD BookThe Right to Development is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination.
The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.The essays in the volume are arranged in three sections:• Section I introduces the concept of RTD in its theoretical and historical aspects, and explores its implications for development.• Section II contains empirical studies that throw light on various aspects of RTD. These are an evaluation of Sri Lanka’s development process from the RTD perspective; the shortcomings of existing approaches to poverty and inequality in India; a case study of public action and participation in Kerala; and the relationship between RTD and existing economic regimes.• Section III explores the theoretical underpinnings of social choice theory and its application to RTD. It draws attention to the problems involved in aggregating individual interests with social preferences.An important contribution that enhances our understanding of RTD and provides the basis for further discussion and research on the subject, this volume will be of considerable interest to researchers in the fields of development studies, human rights, law and social policy.

Editors

Arjun Sengupta (Centre for Development and Human Rights, New Delhi)

Archana Negi (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

And Moushumi Basu (University of Sussex, Brighton)

The Contributors

Angus Deaton; Jean Dreze; Jayati Ghosh; Godfrey Gunatilleke; Satish K. Jain; K.P. Kannan; Rajeev Malhotra; Stephen P. Marks; Siddiqur Rehman Osmani; N. Vijayamohan Pillai; Arjun Sengupta; Manimay Sengupta

Publication – Primer on Right to Development
Primer RTD ImageThe Right to Development (RTD), a concept that emerged in the 1970s, is one of the most debated and contentious issues in international relations. RTD builds on the rights based approach to development, seeking to integrate the norms and principles of human rights with policies and plans to promote development. Despite its importance for the world’s poor and dispossessed, a great deal of definitional confusion still surrounds the concept.This primer introduces the concept of RTD as well as discusses its practical application in the Indian setting. It is divided accordingly into two sections, the first one traces the origins and the evolution of the idea of RTD. This section identifies the defining parameters and content of RTD and focuses especially on the three rights-the rights to food, education and health-that have been identified as a ‘good starting point’ for the implementation of RTD.The last chapter in this section underscores the importance of women’s rights in order to emphasise the need to focus on safeguarding and promoting the human rights of vulnerable groups.Part II covers substantially the Indian situation relating to RTD. The first chapter in this section provides an overview of the legal and institutional mechanism in India for the protection of human rights in general and women’s rights in particular. The next chapter examines the implementation of the rights to food, health and education. The last chapter in this section details the functioning of Public Interest Litigation (PIL)-which has emerged in recent years as an important mechanism for securing social justice-and the challenges and limitations of the mechanism.Providing a comprehensive, lucid and innovative synthesis of current thinking on RTD, this book will be of considerable interest to human rights activists, government departments and planning agencies, and non governmental organisations working in the fields of development and/or human rights, while being of equal interest to researchers in the fields of development, human rights and law.
Publication – Reflections on the Right to Development

The Right to Development is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

The essays in the volume are arranged in three sections:

• Section I introduces the concept of RTD in its theoretical and historical aspects, and explores its implications for development.

• Section II contains empirical studies that throw light on various aspects of RTD. These are an evaluation of Sri Lanka’s development process from the RTD perspective; the shortcomings of existing approaches to poverty and inequality in India; a case study of public action and participation in Kerala; and the relationship between RTD and existing economic regimes.

• Section III explores the theoretical underpinnings of social choice theory and its application to RTD. It draws attention to the problems involved in aggregating individual interests with social preferences.

An important contribution that enhances our understanding of RTD and provides the basis for further discussion and research on the subject, this volume will be of considerable interest to researchers in the fields of development studies, human rights, law and social policy.

Editors

Arjun Sengupta (Centre for Development and Human Rights, New Delhi)

Archana Negi (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

And Moushumi Basu (University of Sussex, Brighton)

The Contributors

Angus Deaton; Jean Dreze; Jayati Ghosh; Godfrey Gunatilleke; Satish K. Jain; K.P. Kannan; Rajeev Malhotra; Stephen P. Marks; Siddiqur Rehman Osmani; N. Vijayamohan Pillai; Arjun Sengupta; Manimay Sengupta

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