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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding$
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Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.001.0001

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Investigating Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Violations

Investigating Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Violations

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(p.377) 18. Investigating Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Violations
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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding
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Allison Corkery

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.003.0018

Economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) have been a key focus in efforts to develop methods for “monitoring” human rights, the theory and practice of which has evolved significantly in recent decades. This chapter explores how activists and practitioners have harnessed these methods to analyze chronic rights deprivations. It argues that fact-finding can learn a great deal from the field of ESCR monitoring, which, by necessity, has required a more interdisciplinary outlook and has expanded to incorporate an array of quantitative approaches such as identifying indicators, scrutinizing statistics, and analyzing budgets. The chapter suggests a number of ways in which the discourse on monitoring might question or challenge the narrow conceptualization of fact-finding, in terms of its purpose and strategic objectives. It then outlines different quantitative research methods that have been used to investigate deprivations of ESCR, reflecting critically on their potential application in fact-finding.

Keywords:   economic, measuring chronic deprivation, monitoring, interdisciplinarity, quantitative approaches

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