Abouharb, M. Rodwan, David Cingranelli, and Mikahil Fillipov. 2015. “Do Non–Human Rights Regimes Undermine the Achievement of Economic and Social Rights?” In LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker (Eds) Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Emerging Possibilities for Social Transformation. University of California Press. Pp 29-47.
International rules and norms can affect policy choices by politicians to respect or violate human rights. The direction of the domestic human rights impacts depends, in part, upon the relative ability of various international regimes to influence the choices of politicians in participating states. We argue that the norms of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) treaty regime create incentives for politicians to respect human rights while the rules of World Bank and IMF program lending do not. We demonstrate that taking part in the ICESCR regime is associated with improved economic and social rights outcomes while participation in program lending has led to their worsening. We show that involvement in different international regimes can exert effects in opposite directions.
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