The relationship between the processes of economic development and
international human rights standards has been one of parallel and rarely
intersecting tracks of international action. In the last decade of the 20th
century, development thinking shifted from a growth-oriented model to the
concept of human development as a process of enhancing human capabilities, and
the intrinsic links between development and human rights began to be more
readily acknowledged. Specifically, it has been proposed that if strategies of
development and policies to implement human rights are united, they reinforce
one another in processes of synergy and improvement of the human condition.
Such is the premise of the Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by
the UN General Assembly in 1986.
This book explores the meaning and practical implications of the right to
development and the related term of human rights-based approaches to
development and questions what these conceptions may add to our understanding
and thinking about human and global development. Opening with an essay by Nobel
Laureate in Economic Science Amartya Sen on human rights and development, the
book contains a score of chapters on the conceptual underpinnings of
development as a human right, the national dimensions of this right, and the
role of international institutions. The authors reflect the disciplines of
philosophy, economics, international law, and international relations.