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New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in Unexpected Ways

New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in... Global Governance 12 (2006), 263– 281 New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in Unexpected Ways Shareen Hertel Activists involved in human rights advocacy across borders may share common interests in changing the status quo—but they do not always agree on the rights centrally at issue, nor the best strategy for promoting and protecting them. This is particularly true in campaigns in which “eco- nomic rights” claims emerge. Two new mechanisms I develop in this arti- cle shed light on the complexities of transnational advocacy and norms evolution. Two case studies offer insights into the operationalization of the mechanisms: a campaign to prevent child labor in Bangladesh, and a cam- paign to prevent employment discrimination against pregnant workers in KEYWORDS: economic rights, transnational advocacy, child labor, Mexico. Bangladesh, Mexico. ew forms of communications and cheaper and faster modes of travel in the 1990s, coupled with a lessening of the Cold War–era polar- Nization of human rights, resulted in a dramatic increase in cross- border advocacy on rights in general. While civil and political rights had eco- traditionally been the focus of most Western human rights advocacy, nomic rights claims have begun to emerge http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in Unexpected Ways

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01203004
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Abstract

Global Governance 12 (2006), 263– 281 New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in Unexpected Ways Shareen Hertel Activists involved in human rights advocacy across borders may share common interests in changing the status quo—but they do not always agree on the rights centrally at issue, nor the best strategy for promoting and protecting them. This is particularly true in campaigns in which “eco- nomic rights” claims emerge. Two new mechanisms I develop in this arti- cle shed light on the complexities of transnational advocacy and norms evolution. Two case studies offer insights into the operationalization of the mechanisms: a campaign to prevent child labor in Bangladesh, and a cam- paign to prevent employment discrimination against pregnant workers in KEYWORDS: economic rights, transnational advocacy, child labor, Mexico. Bangladesh, Mexico. ew forms of communications and cheaper and faster modes of travel in the 1990s, coupled with a lessening of the Cold War–era polar- Nization of human rights, resulted in a dramatic increase in cross- border advocacy on rights in general. While civil and political rights had eco- traditionally been the focus of most Western human rights advocacy, nomic rights claims have begun to emerge

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2006

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