This book on human rights was initiated by the Port Harcourt University in Nigeria and the University of Denver collaboration in two conferences, the first in Denver ( November 9-10, 1984) and the second in Port Harcourt ( June 7-11, 1987). This book deals with important theoretical considerations about emerging rights from the standpoint of political economy.
The editors are especially grateful to the Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation and Rubin Fund for making the conferences and subsequent publications possible.
The political economy approach to human rights studies is growing, but the African contribution has been especially significant and will doubtless grow in some of the directions touched on in these pages.
We especially acknowledge the support of the former dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Professor James Mittelman, and the present dean, Professor E. Thomas Rowe. Professor S. J. S. Cookey, the vice chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor K. L. S. Kodjor, former dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, and Dr. Olatunde Ojo played vital roles in the successful organization of the conference. To all the Nigerian government officials, the University of Port Harcourt students, and the U.S., European, and African scholars