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.

Rights in the Social Choice Theoretic Framework: An Overview and Critical Appraisal

Rights in the social choice theoretic framework: An overview and critical appraisal
Satish K.Jain


The main purpose of this chapter is to discuss the appropriateness of the social choice theoretic framework for formalising and analysing the idea of rights. A.K. Sen's celebrated result known as ‘the impossibility of a Paretian Liberal’ was the starting point for the extensive social choice literature which has emerged dealing with rights. We provide a brief overview of this literature. Although in a considerable part of the literature dealing with rights the formalisation of the idea of rights is done essentially in the same way as was done in Sen (1970), in some contributions a different approach has been taken, ...

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