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The law's majestic equality ? the distributive impact of litigating social and economic rights (English)

Optimism about the use of laws, constitutions, and rights to achieve social change has never been higher among practitioners. But the academic literature is skeptical that courts can direct resources toward the poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5999 MAR 01, 2012

Brinks, Daniel M.; Gauri, Varun Disclosed

Human rights based approaches to developmen t: concepts, evidence, and policy (English)

This paper assesses the benefits, risks, and limitations of human rights based approaches to development, which can be catalogued on the basis of the institutional mechanisms they rely on: global compliance based on international and regional treaties; the policies and programming of donors and executive agencies; rights talk; and legal mobilization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5938 JAN 01, 2012

Gauri, Varun; Gloppen, Siri Disclosed

Human rights as demands for communicative action (English)

A key issue with human rights is how to allocate duties correlative to rights claims. But the philosophical literature, drawing largely on naturalistic or interactional accounts of human rights, develops answers to this question that do not illuminate actual human rights problems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5951 JAN 01, 2012

Gauri, Varun; Brinks, Daniel M. Disclosed

Education, labor rights, and incentives : contract teacher cases in the indian courts (English)

Since the liberalization of India's economy beginning in the early 1990's, the government has increasingly employed contract workers to perform various state functions, including in the education sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5365 JUL 01, 2010

Robinson, Nick; Gauri, Varun Disclosed

The publicity "defect" of customary law (English)

This paper examines the extent to which dispute resolvers in customary law systems provide widely understandable justifications for their decisions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5349 JUN 01, 2010

Gauri, Varun Disclosed

Public interest litigation in India : overreaching or underachieving ? (English)

Public interest litigation has historically been an innovative judicial procedure for enhancing the social and economic rights of disadvantaged and marginalized groups in India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5109 NOV 01, 2009

Gauri, Varun Disclosed

How do local-level legal institutions promote development ? (English)

This paper develops a framework and some hypotheses regarding the impact of local-level, informal legal institutions on three economic outcomes: aggregate growth, inequality, and human capabilities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5108 NOV 01, 2009

Gauri, Varun Disclosed