Human Rights Review

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 413–429

Bringing Home the Bacon or Not? Globalization and Government Respect for Economic and Social Rights


DOI: 10.1007/s12142-009-0128-0

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Payne, C.L. Hum Rights Rev (2009) 10: 413. doi:10.1007/s12142-009-0128-0


The impact of globalization on human rights has generated substantial debate. On the one hand, those making liberal, free-market arguments assert that globalization has a positive impact on developing countries through the increased generation of wealth (e.g., Garrett 1998; Richards et al. in International Studies Quarterly 45:219–239, 2001; Rodrik in Challenge 41:81–94, 1997). On the other hand, the critical perspective claims that globalization negatively impacts respect for human rights because trading arrangements, while open, are detrimentally uneven (e.g., Carleton 1989; Haggard and Maxfield 1996; Stiglitz and Charlton 2005). However, few have looked at the relationship between globalization and respect for economic and social rights. In order to test this relationship, I examine non-OECD countries utilizing two-stage regression analysis to control for investment-selection factors. I find mixed results for the hypothesis that globalization negatively affects respect for economic and social rights. Consistent with Richards et al. (International Studies Quarterly 45:219–239, 2001), I conclude by arguing for the need to disaggregate globalization in order to determine its true effects.


Economic and social rightsHuman rightsGlobalizationInternational Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA