Author Archives: Daniel Brinks

About Daniel Brinks

Daniel Brinks is Professor of Government and of Law, and Chair of the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. His most recent book, The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America (with Abby Blass), was awarded the APSA’s C. Herman Pritchett Prize for Best Book on Law and Courts published in 2018. Other books address the experience with uneven democracies in Latin America, the judicial response to police violence, and the enforcement of social and economic rights in the developing world. He has published articles in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and the Texas Law Review, among other journals.

Human Rights and the Political Economy

This post is part of a symposium on Amy Kapczynski’s essay “The Right to Medicines in an Age of Neoliberalism.” All contributions to the symposium can be found here. It is refreshing to read a critique of human rights that is neither overly deterministic nor overly grounded in the experience and concerns of the Northwest quadrant of the globe. Amy Kapczynksi’s call for an approach to human rights that attacks the political economy of a problem is an excellent contribution to the current debate about Continue reading →