, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 564–570 | Cite as

Social Protection, Human Rights, and Please

  • Ryan Higgitt


Increasing attention is now being given to linking social protection with human rights. This article accounts for the change in strategy in terms of the failure of a development agenda heretofore dominated not just by neoliberalism but, more generally, the rationality of economics as science. A case is made that the World Bank is resisting human rights because it doesn’t want to give up the prevailing, scientized definition of ‘human’ enabling World Bank hegemony.


inequality economics ideology World Bank humanness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MS220, Department of AnthropologySaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada

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