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Social Rights Under the Constitution: Government and the Decent Life

Cécile Fabre


The desirability, or lack thereof, of bills of rights has been the focus of some of the most enduring political debates over the last two centuries. Unlike civil and political rights, social rights to the meeting of needs, standard rights to adequate minimum income, education, housing, and health care are usually not given constitutional protection. The book argues that individuals have social rights to adequate minimum income, housing, health care, and education, and that those rights must be entrenched in the constitution of a democratic state. That is, the democratic majority should not be ... More

Keywords: autonomy, bill of rights, constitution, democracy, distributive justice, needs, political philosophy, rights, social rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296751
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198296754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Fabre, author
Nuffield College, Oxford
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