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Title: The World Turned Upside Down? Neo-Liberalism, Socioeconomic Rights, and Hegemony
Authors: Wills, Joe J.
First Published: 24-Jan-2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Leiden Journal of International Law, 2014, 27 (1), pp. 11-35 (24)
Abstract: This article draws upon a neo-Gramscian analysis of world order to critically assess the relationship between neo-liberal globalization and socioeconomic rights. It argues that, notwithstanding the well-documented discursive tensions that appear to exist between neo-liberalism and socioeconomic rights, the latter have been reconceptualized in a manner that is congruent with the hegemonic framework of the former in a number of international institutional settings. This has been achieved in part through three discursive framing devices which will be termed ‘socioeconomic rights as aspirations’, ‘socioeconomic rights as compensation’, and ‘socioeconomic rights as market outcomes’. The article will conclude by arguing that, despite such appropriation, there are still fruitful possibilities for counterhegemonic articulations of socioeconomic rights to contest neo-liberal globalization.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0922156513000629
ISSN: 0922-1565
eISSN: 1478-9698
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Foundation of the Leiden Journal of International Law 2014.
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