Socio-economic rights in India and China: time for academic angagement between the two Asian giants

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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the role played by courts, including by way of public interest litigation (PIL) discourse, in relation to India, mainland China and Hong Kong. In comparison to scholars from other disciplines such as economics, history and sociology, it seems that legal scholars especially belonging to the public law genre generally consider India and China to be too different to be comparable in view of their distinct politico-legal systems. Both India and China face similar types of challenges in realising socio-economic rights: vast population, maintaining national unity among diversity, economic disparities, controlling the private sector's profit-maximisation propensity, pervasive corruption, and environmental pollution. The book explores the realisation of a selected socio-economic right in India, in China or in both India and China in a comparative manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocio-economic rights in emerging free markets
Subtitle of host publicationcomparative insights from India and China
EditorsSurya Deva
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315814506
ISBN (Print)9780415735070
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Human Rights Law


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