The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

The Right to Development and Human Rights: A Social Choice Approach to Implementation and Measurement

The right to development and human rights: A social choice approach to implementation and measurement
ManimaySengupta*

Introduction

The Right to Development has been recognised as a human right by the United Nations since the Declaration on the Right to Development (RTD) in 1986. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in 1993 unanimously reaffirmed RTD as a human right. This progress from being declared and then adopted by consensus as a part of the universal human rights within a span of roughly a decade charts an extraordinary process of recognition of the power and appeal of the notion that the development of a country or a nation constitutes an integral part of ...

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