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Social policy and human rights: re-thinking the engagement

Dean, Hartley (2008) Social policy and human rights: re-thinking the engagement. Social Policy and Society, 7 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1474-7464

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S147474640700396X


It is argued that the encompassing concept of welfare rights that is contained within the Social Policy literature – and which has developed from TH Marshall's distinction between civil and political rights on the one hand and social or welfare rights on the other – provides a clearer and more explicit basis for an international call for the progressive development of social policies than, for example, the human rights approach to poverty reduction currently espoused by the UNDP and OHCHR. Social rights continue to be a relatively marginalised or qualified element of the human rights agenda and may be more effectively harnessed by way of a welfare rights approach based on a politics of needs interpretation.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2007 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:47

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