Political Science 3388E Lecture Notes - Amartya Sen, United Nations Economic And Social Council, Dignity

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School
Western University
Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 3388E
Professor
Human Rights and Development
Song: We are the world
January 21, 2010
12:32 PM
Definitions
Human Rights
oA Justified claim on someone for something that is owed
Development - Amartya Sen
oExpanding human capabilities to allow individuals to be and do the
things they value
Donnelly
Human rights and development were completely separate for a long time
oECOCOC vs CIVPOL rights
1950s-1980s
oDevelopment was thought of in very economic terms
Thought of as redistributing wealth
o Economists take people out of the equations
Focused on macroeconomics
o1970s
Began to be micro-oriented
And much more multidisciplinary
Influenced by neo-Marxist theories
o1987: UNICEF report emphasizing social, environmental involvement
Development had to come from the bottom up
1990s
oState intervention
Necessary
Desirable
Would ensure human development and the improvement
of human resources
oGood Governance
The way in which democracy is carried out
Democracy has always been a given in development
Places institutional change and people's interests on the table
oDevelopment is a right
Field began to consider both ECOSOC + CIVPOL rights
Development as a right from the bottom up
Not just when the state felt like it, but as a popular
movement
Human Rights & Development
oAre intertwined and indivisible
Development, as a process, can help to fulfill people's human
rights
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Definitions: human rights, development - amartya sen o o things they value. A justified claim on someone for something that is owed. Expanding human capabilities to allow individuals to be and do the. Donnelly: human rights and development were completely separate for a long time. Ecococ vs civpol rights: 1950s-1980s o o o o o, 1990s o o o. Development was thought of in very economic terms. Development had to come from the bottom up. The way in which democracy is carried out. Democracy has always been a given in development. Places institutional change and people"s interests on the table. Field began to consider both ecosoc + civpol rights. Development as a right from the bottom up. Not just when the state felt like it, but as a popular: human rights & development o. Development, as a process, can help to fulfill people"s human. Human dignity (development) depends on the realization of an o individual"s human rights.

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