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Title:Economic rights in a charter of human rights in South Africa?
Authors:Beukes, E.P.
Fourie, F.C.v.N.ISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:human rights
economic law
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1813-6982.1988.tb01073.x
Abstract:The subject of human rights is intrinsically foreign to economists, who usually regard it as a political or legal topic. However, since social and economic rights play a key role in South African human rights documents, the debate on human rights cannot proceed constructively without substantive contributions from economists. This paper redresses this gap in the human rights debate. It addresses the rationale for social and economic rights (also called welfare rights) as distinct from freedom rights (classical human rights). It considers the origin and meaning of these rights, and presents a survey of the extent to which such rights feature in international human rights charters. Finally, the question is addressed as to whether social and economic rights should be included in a South African charter. Bibliogr., notes, ref.