A human right to health?

Evans, Tony (2002) A human right to health? Third World Quarterly, 23, (2), 197-215. (doi:10.1080/01436590220126595).


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A right to health is one of a range of socioeconomic rights for which states accept an obligation under international law. However, the politics of rights has meant that socioeconomic rights are rarely given the same status as liberal freedoms associated with civil and political rights. This article discusses the liberal rationale for rejecting socioeconomic claims as rights and examines the basic rights challenge to liberal arguments. Given the dominance of liberalism, the article concludes with an examination of the potential for promoting a right to health within the context of globalisation.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/01436590220126595
ISSNs: 0143-6597 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 35256
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:03
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35256

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