Public Services and International Trade Liberalization

Public Services and International Trade Liberalization : Human Rights and Gender Implications

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Does public service liberalization pose a threat to gender and human rights? Traditionally considered essential services provided by a state to its citizens, public services are often viewed as public goods which embody social values. Subjecting them to market ideology thus raises concerns that the intrinsic social nature of these services will be negated. Moreover, as those most likely to be reliant on public services, public service liberalization may also further marginalize women. Nevertheless, states continue to increasingly liberalize public services. Barnali Choudhury explores the implications of public service liberalization. Using primarily a legal approach, but drawing from case studies, empirical research and gender theories, she examines whether liberalization under the General Agreement on Trade in Services and other liberalization vehicles such as preferential trade and investment agreements compromise human rights and gender objectives.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 1139786768
  • 9781139786768

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Foundations: 1. International economic law and human rights; 2. Public services; 3. Instruments for liberalizing public services; Part II. Human Rights and Gendered Implications of Liberalization of Public Services: 4. Liberalization of water services; 5. Liberalization of educational services; 6. Liberalization of health services; 7. Accounting for the differential implications of liberalized public services on developing countries and women; Part III. The Future of Liberalization of Public Services: 8. Should public services continue to be liberalized?; 9. Conclusion; Index.
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About Barnali Choudhury

Barnali Choudhury teaches at Queen Mary, University of London. She previously practised corporate law and international investment arbitration.
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