"This book should have appeal for a broad spectrum of scholars."—ChoiceIn Employment and Human Rights: The International Dimension, Richard Lewis Siegel discusses the historical evolution of the right to employment as well as regional and global efforts to achieve full employment. In the first section of the book, he examines a wealth of material, from English radical pamphlets of the seventeenth century to the recent debates at the United Nations and the International Labor Organization, placing intellectual history in the broadest possible economic, political, and social contexts.
"Siegel's treatment of the employment issue brings together three perspectives, national, international, and transnational, and he does this very effectively both in terms of style and substance; he relates national, local, and regional developments to international ones and to the attempts at regulation of the employment issue through agreements and devices that transcend the national state, though, of course, without replacing it as yet. This is quite a feat, conceptually and intellectually."—Alexander J. Groth
"Siegel's book provides a much needed 'map' for scholars and activists alike, who need to understand how the complex of institutions in the field of international human rights have developed the idea of a right to employment, have modified and adapted it over time, have interacted with other institutions—governmental, intergovernmental, and private—and have been themselves shaped and influenced by theoretical and didactic writing over the past century or more."—Sumner M. Rosen
In the second section, Siegel examines global and regional efforts in the present century intended to further the implementation of the right to employment. He traces the development of international cooperation and examines the reasons for the limited accomplishments, including a lack of consensus about the effectiveness of public policies; the politicization and strongly ideological nature of the international debates; and the turf and policy struggles within and among the highly influential intergovernmental organizations and national governments.
Richard Lewis Siegel is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.