Conclusion: Implications for Policy in South Africa and Beyond

David Bilchitz

in Poverty and Fundamental Rights

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552160
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191709456 | DOI:
 Conclusion: Implications for Policy in South Africa and Beyond

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In order to render the doctrinal discussion more concrete, this concluding chapter considers some of the policy implications of the minimum core approach for the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and South Africa. Two sets of rights are considered: the right to food and the right to housing. This discussion engages a number of the important issues involved in translating the approach from theory into practice. It demonstrates that in more developed countries, there is little justification for the failure to realise socio-economic rights, whilst these rights provide a model of progressive development for developing countries. This demonstrates the importance of adopting a robust approach to the enforcement of socio-economic rights and highlights the possibilities that such rights, when properly interpreted and understood, may help governments and the international community as a whole to address the most fundamental interests of individuals.

Keywords: minimum core approach; socio-economic policy; United States; United Kingdom; India; South Africa; right to food; right to housing; developed countries; developing countries

Chapter.  13397 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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