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A Social Contract for the Twenty-first Century: Socio-Economic Rights and Wealthier Democracies

Geraldine Van Bueren
Publication date: 
Thu, 4 Dec 2008

With the reluctance by many in the Anglo-American world to countenance an incorporation of socio-economic rights into justiciable Bills of Rights, this policy brief explores the potential of the social contract as a complementary approach to the positivist arguments of international human rights law.
Social contract theory has evolved in the twenty-first century into a progressive theory that encompasses socio-economic rights.