Eckerd professors write book about economics and human rights

Published May 19, 2020

The world was a much different place when Professor of Political Science Bill Felice, Ph.D., and Professor of Economics and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Collegium Diana Fuguitt ’76, Ph.D., started working on the manuscript for Human Rights and Public Goods: The Global New Deal (3rd Edition).

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this instructive text takes on new importance. “In the book we discuss the ways in which primary health care, and in particular protection from infectious diseases, is both a fundamental human right and a global public good,” Felice explained. “We articulate public policy that has proven effective around the world in making primary health care effective and available to all.”

Felice and Fuguitt have worked together before, co-authoring a 2012 paper presented at the Brritish International Studies Association Conference in Edinburg, Scotland, titled “International Organization and Poverty Alleviation.”

Professor of Political Science Bill Felice, Ph.D. and Professor of Economics Diana Fuguitt ’76

Fuguitt’s areas of expertise—international foreign exchange and trade; macroeconomics; environmental economics; and economic development in African, Asian and Latin American countries—made her a natural choice for co-authoring Human Rights and Public Goods.

“Diana and I have worked together for a number of years on issues of economic and social human rights and believe that only an interdisciplinary approach can lead toward the development of effective policy,” Felice said.

The tome’s release has been delayed by the pandemic, but it is expected to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in the latter half of 2020.

Before then, Felice will use the case studies from the text during his guest lecture in Eckerd College’s free eight-week summer seminar, Pandemic and Our Changing World. Felice will present on Tuesday, June 30, along with Assistant Professor of Economics Sophie Tripp, Ph.D.

“This program gives me the opportunity to review some of the successes [of national and global public policy] with the EC community,” he added.