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Poverty and Fundamental Rights

The Justification and Enforcement of Socio-economic Rights

David Bilchitz

Socio-economic rights have been widely regarded as aspirational goals, rhetorically useful, but having few practical implications for government policy and the distribution of resources within a polity. It is not therefore surprising that socio-economic rights have been systematically neglected in the world today, with millions still lacking access to basic shelter, food or health-care. This book seeks to provide a sustained argument for placing renewed emphasis upon socio-economic rights in the fight against desperate poverty. It utilizes a combination of political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy in its focus and analyzes why violations of socio-economic rights are treated with less urgency than violations of civil and political rights.

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