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A Miscalculated Bet: Business, Human Rights and the Battle Against Global Poverty

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Description

Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellowship, 2021-2022

Layman's description

Human rights represent some of the finest, progressive ideals we have: ideals of fundamental equality and dignity for all persons. This book will trace the histories of two ideas for poverty reduction: social and economic human rights (such as the right to an adequate standard of living), and the idea that poverty reduction is best accomplished through the spread of private business enterprises. It will mainly focus on the history of these two ideas from within the international organization most devoted to the cause of fighting global poverty: the United Nations. My thesis is that the ambition of securing material well-being for many people has failed partly because international development organizations made a miscalculated bet on business.
(See more here: https://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/da/Bevillingshaver/Formidling/Bevillingsoversigt/CF20_0171_Christian-Olaf-Christiansen)
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/08/202101/07/2022

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