State of Play - Human Rights within the Political Economy of States

30 March 2014

The third report in IHRB's “State of Play” report series, this report catalogues the approaches being taken by States around the world to embed human rights within their economic agendas and activities.

The Report aims to unpick some of the motivations, incentives and disincentives driving one of the key business and human rights challenges for States – that of policy coherence.

It then provides examples from over 70 countries of recent action within States’ economic and human rights agendas, looking at various avenues for application, including how states:

  • regulate the marketplace
  • enforce and adjudicate the rules
  • manage their trade and investment regimes
  • operate as economic actors themselves
  • manage their partnerships

The Report ultimately suggests that enhanced cooperation within and amongst States is needed if the promotion and regulation of more socially and environmentally sustainable business practices is to lead to better human rights outcomes.

Latest IHRB Publications

Bridging Sport and Human Rights in Africa

This article was first published on the Centre for Sport & Human Rights. IHRB founded the Centre in 2018, is supporting its development through 2020, and is closely involved in the developing work featured in this article.


Sport has a strong...

The Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to be an Exploitative Economy

On the 4th February 2019 the UK Union GMB and international courier company Hermes announced a ground-breaking deal. Their collective-bargaining agreement – the first ever recognition deal of its type – has potentially enormous implications for gig...

16 April 2019

Commentary by Mick Rix, National Officer, GMB Union

Rights and Wrongs - Can Machines Override Human Judgment on Air Safety?

Over the years, air travel has become remarkably safe – in 1977, four out of one million flights met with accidents; today, the number of flights has grown exponentially, and the accident rate has fallen to 0.4 out of a million. Air travel is safer...