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The Rights to Social Security and Social Assistance: Towards an Analytical Framework <sup>1</sup>

Jennifer Tooze

in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217908
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705380 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217908.003.0013
 The Rights to Social Security and Social Assistance: Towards an Analytical Framework  1

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This chapter argues that the rights to social security and to social assistance in international law can be translated into state obligations that can be effectively monitored and enforced. It begins by discussing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and ways of monitoring and enforcing the progressive obligations in it. It introduces the concepts of social security and social assistance. State obligations are then identified by applying the tests of availability, adequacy, and accessibility. Issues relating to expenditure are considered.

Keywords: international law; human rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; state obligations; expenditure

Chapter.  13462 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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