Chapter

Negative and Positive Rights

Cécile Fabre

in Social Rights Under the Constitution

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198296751
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296754.003.0003
 Negative and Positive Rights

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I complete the argument for social rights undertaken in Ch. 1, by looking at differences between negative rights that our autonomy and well‐being be respected, and positive rights, of which social rights are a subset, that they be promoted. In doing so, I argue for what I call negative social rights, to wit, rights that the government does not deprive us of the four types of resources under study if we have come to reply upon them and if by so depriving us it would bring us below the threshold of a minimally decent life.

Keywords: autonomy; negative rights; positive rights; social rights; well‐being

Chapter.  13700 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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