Sustainability of Rights after Globalisation is the result of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)-supported research program, ‘Globalisation and Sustainability of Rights’. The thrust of this volume is on various concerns of globalization and its interface with rights.

The book talks about the interconnectedness of globalization with social and economic systems and how links develop with reference to both polity and common people's movements. The book provides a new way of understanding the constitution of rights with the help of micro-histories drawn from diverse fields, such as environmental rights, law, information, and labor studies in India.

The book examines how rights have been redefined in this era of globalization and how India is still plagued by the constant tension between ‘social’ yearning for democratic values and ‘economic’ competition for unhindered profits.

Globalisation, Rights and Economics: Jean Drèze in Conversation with Ranabir Samaddar
Globalisation, rights and economics: Jean Drèze in conversation with Ranabir Samaddar

[In this interview, the noted economist Jean Drèze reflects on some of the concerns and themes raised in this volume. The interview was taken by Ranabir Samaddar]

  • As an economist, how do you look at the question of globalisation and rights?

Let me first point out that what we call ‘globalisation’ is actually a very lopsided process of selective global integration, driven by privileged interests. For one thing, globalisation tends to be reduced to specific aspects of economic globalisation, such as the liberalisation of international trade and investment. For another, even within that framework, there are double standards of all kinds. For instance, capital mobility is ...

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