The primary question in this thesis being investigated is how effective has affirmative action (AA) been for improving the human rights and economic situation of scheduled castes (SCs) in India? This thesis analyzes the disciplines of human rights and economics by identifying differences, similarities, and possible areas of convergence. Then through a converged human rights and economic lens, the effectiveness of affirmative action (AA) for scheduled castes (SCs) in India is examined and seen as necessary but not enough in improving their economic and human rights situation. Although Affirmative Action is one avenue at improving both the human rights and economic situation of Scheduled Castes, the government must also enforce stricter laws and programs, promote primary education, secure health, and continue pro-poor policies for scheduled castes in order for Affirmative Action to be successful and accessible for this marginalized group.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2017


Gyan Pradhan

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Government and Economics

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level




Department Name when Degree Awarded

Government and Economics