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The World Turned Upside Down? Neo-Liberalism, Socioeconomic Rights, and Hegemony

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posted on 2015-10-01, 14:31 authored by Joe J. Wills
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.

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Citation

Leiden Journal of International Law, 2014, 27 (1), pp. 11-35 (24)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Law

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Leiden Journal of International Law

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Cambridge University Press (CUP)

issn

0922-1565

eissn

1478-9698

Acceptance date

2013-07-28

Copyright date

2014

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2015-10-01

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http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9158002&fileId=S0922156513000629

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en

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