Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph are co-winners for the ideas set forth in their book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015). Their book offers a method for gauging how well nations are providing basic human rights of food, health, education, housing, work and social well-being to their citizens and suggests how they can advance such rights even further.
Fukuda-Parr is a professor in The New School’s Graduate Programs in International Affairs. Lawson-Remer was recently a fellow in Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Randolph is associate professor emerita of economics at the University of Connecticut.
The trio used the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights as a basis for their work, creating a new tool, the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index, to measure nations’ progress toward human rights goals. Their book also sheds light on policies that advance human rights and explains how use of these policies and public pressure can lead to results. The authors noted there has been steady progress in social and economic rights fulfillment over the past 30 years, but they found that disparities still exist in every region of the world. Their measurement tool is aimed at helping governments and other organizations address those disparities.
“All of our reviewers agreed this work can inform domestic and international policies, aid in the work of non-governmental organizations and provide a way to evaluate performance in a truly comparative perspective,” said Charles Ziegler, Director of the World Order Award. “In short, the ideas expressed in this book can make a significant contribution to world order.”