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Human Rights in the Global Political Economy: Critical Processes

Tony Evans
Human Rights in the Global Political Economy: Critical Processes
ISBN: 978-1-58826-719-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-750-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-464-5
2011/232 pages/LC: 2010018938
A related title: Exploring International Human Rights:  Essential Readings edited by Rhonda L. Callaway and Julie Harrelson-Stephens, Debating Human Rights by Daniel P.L. Chong, and Human Rights in International Politics by Franke Wilmer
"Both interesting and thought-provoking.... This timely text explores the impact of a globalized economy on the future of the human rights regime."—Rhonda Callaway, Sam Houston State University

"An important contribution to the debate on human rights.... Well written and accessible."—Neil Stammers, University of Sussex


Tony Evans critically investigates the theory and practice of human rights in the current global order.

Evans covers a range of contentious debates as he considers critiques of the prevailing conceptions of human rights. He then explores the changing global context of human rights issues, the nature and status of human rights within that context, and recent institutional responses. With its emphasis on policy and process, his book offers a rich analysis of the politics of today’s human rights regime.


Tony Evans conducts research at the University of Southampton. He currently conducts research and contributes to the teaching program at Winchester University. His publications include The Politics of Human Rights and Human Rights Fifty Years On.


  • Introduction.
  • The Idea of Human Rights and the Global Order.
  • Challenging the Idea of Human Rights.
  • Non-Western Concepts of Human Rights and Dignity.
  • Human Rights in Corporate and Multilateral Organizations.
  • States, Sovereignty, and Human Rights.
  • International Institutions for the Protection of Human Rights.
  • Human Rights as Resistance to the Global Political Economy.
  • Human Rights as Political Process.
No rights in South Asia