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Welfare Rights and Social Policy

Hartley Dean
Prentice Hall (July 2002)

At a time when the cause of human rights is high on the global political agenda, the author asks why the status of welfare rights as an element of human rights remains ambiguous.

Rights to social security, employment, housing, education, health and social care are critical to human well-being. Yet they are invariably subordinate to the civil and political rights of citizenship; they are often fragile and difficult to enforce, and because of their conditional nature, they may be implicated in the social control of individual behaviour.

With this book, Hartley Dean provides an introduction to social policy through a discussion of welfare rights which are explored in historical, comparative and critical contexts.

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