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What is Human Rights Economics?

Caroline Dommen, 2022
Level: beginner
Perspectives: Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics, Institutionalist Economics, Other, Solidarity Economy
Topic: (De-)growth, Criticism of Capitalism, Globalization & International Economic Relations, Inequality & Class, Institutions, Governments & Policy, Microeconomics & Markets, Other, Race & Gender, Resources, Environment & Climate, Social movements & Transformation
Format: Essay

Human Rights Economics strives for an economic system that is just for people and respectful of the planet, that promotes social and economic justice, that integrates a plurality of views and traditions and that is human rights-consistent in both its processes and outcomes. It posits that economics is blind with respect to the experiences of groups and individuals who are not represented at the policy-making table, and seeks to expose and prevent exploitation, dominance and abuses of power – including those that stem from national and international economic structures.

Comment from our editors:

This article follows the structure that Exploring Economics adopts to present different perspectives of economics. It presents Human Rights Economics’ Core Elements, political goals, analytical framework and normative foundations and its relation to other fields of economics. It also sets out ways that Human Rights Economics can be applied in practice.

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