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Poverty and Fundamental Rights: The Justification and Enforcement of Socio-economic Rights

David Bilchitz

Abstract

This book addresses the pressing issues of severe poverty and inequality, and questions why violations of socio-economic rights are treated with less urgency than violations of civil and political rights. 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 even to basic shelter, food, or health-care. ... More

Keywords: conditional rights, unconditional rights, judicial review, South Africa, philosophy, constitutional law, food, housing, health-care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552160.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bilchitz, author
Part-time Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand; Full-time Employee of Ross Kriel Attorneys, specialising in the law relating to the public sector