Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World by Varun GauriCourting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World by Varun Gauri

Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World

EditorVarun Gauri, Daniel M. Brinks

Paperback | March 15, 2010

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This book is a first-of-its-kind, five-country empirical study of the causes and consequences of social and economic rights litigation. Detailed studies of Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa present systematic and nuanced accounts of court activity on social and economic rights in each country. The book develops new methodologies for analyzing the sources of and variation in social and economic rights litigation, explains why actors are now turning to the courts to enforce social and economic rights, measures the aggregate impact of litigation in each country, and assesses the relevance of the empirical findings for legal theory. This book argues that courts can advance social and economic rights under the right conditions precisely because they are never fully independent of political pressures.
Title:Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521145163

ISBN - 13:9780521145169

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the elements of legalization, and the triangular shape of social and economic rights Varun Gauri and Daniel M. Brinks; 2. Litigating for social justice in post-apartheid South Africa: a focus on health and education Jonathan Berger; 3. Accountability for social and economic rights in Brazil Florian F. Hoffmann and Fernando R. N. M. Bentes; 4. Courts and socio-economic rights in India Shylashri Shankar and Pratap Bhanu Mehta; 5. The impact of economic and social rights in Nigeria: an assessment of the legal framework for implementing education and health as human rights Chidi Anselm Odinkalu; 6. The implementation of the rights to health care and education in Indonesia Bivitri Susanti; 7. A new policy landscape: legalizing social and economic rights in the developing world Helen Hershkoff; 8. Transforming legal theory in the light of practice: the judicial application of social and economic rights to private orderings Daniel M. Brinks and Varun Gauri.

Editorial Reviews

"The detailed, well-documented, and distinctive country studies offer rich empirical accounts in their own right. Bookended by the editors' efforts to explain the role and impact of legal actors and institutions in the development of SE rights, the country chapters work to both expose diverse legal landscapes and uncover the circumstances that give rise to legalization." Perspectives on Politics, Helena Silverstein, Lafayette College