On Friday, October 14, economist Radhika Balakrishnan took part in two conversations regarding economic policy and its critical importance to the advancement of human rights.
We streamed each talk via Facebook Live, which you can view below.
At Emory University
At The Carter Center
The dominant approach to economic policy has so far failed to adequately address the pressing challenges the world faces today: extreme poverty, widespread joblessness and precarious employment, burgeoning inequality, and large-scale environmental threats. This message was brought home forcibly by the 2008 global economic crisis.
Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice shows how human rights have the potential to transform economic thinking and policy-making with far-reaching consequences for social justice. Professor Balakrishnan will address how this new approach allows for a complex interaction between individual rights, collective rights, and collective action, as well as encompassing a legal framework which offers formal mechanisms through which unjust policy can be protested.
Topics discussed included:
- How can people hold government accountable for economic policies that violate or are not conducive to basic human rights?
- What economic anxieties are affecting the US election, leading to growing critiques of neoliberal consensus on trade, tax, and spending policies?
- What are effective alternatives to free trade from a human rights perspective? How can such approaches avoid destructive or excessive isolationism?
- Which policy choices have the most impact on women? Tax policies? Trade policies? Spending choices? How can governments better invest in women and girls?
Professor Radhika Balakrishnan is the faculty director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. She is Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equity for the City of New York and the Balakrishnan’s work focuses gender and development, gender and the global economy, human rights and economics, and social rights. Her research and advocacy work has sought to change the lends through which macro-economic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms to assess macro-economic policy.