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Prepared for: Human Rights and Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement Conference sponsored by the Ethical Globalization Initiative and

By A Ethical, Globalization Initiative and Daniel Kaufmann


We undertake to address some of the challenges related to the measurement and empirical analysis issues in this field, offering an exploration of the evidence and links between human rights, governance and development. We assess recent data and trends on human rights, and review the links between the first generation human rights (political and civil rights) and second generation (socio-economic) human rights. Based on the evidence, we suggest that first generation human rights have not advanced significantly worldwide in recent times, and, importantly, that these first generation human rights may causally affect the country’s second generation human rights outcomes and performance. The results pointing to the causal link from first generation human rights to improved socio-economic outcomes are apparent at the aggregate country-wide level as well as the micro project level. We then explore the empirical linkages between both generations of human rights, on the one hand, and other governance dimensions, on the other. In particular, within governance, we explore how rule of law, corruption, and corporate ethics interface with civil liberties and related human rights variables. We suggest that components of governance, such as corruption, are

Year: 2004
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