Human Rights and Social Policy in New Zealand
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Vol. 12, No. 30, p. 12, 2007
31 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2007 Last revised: 5 Jan 2014
Date Written: March 1, 2007
This article aims to facilitate debate about the implications for New Zealand social policy making of taking a rights-based approach. It does so by exploring the sources and scope of New Zealand's international human rights obligations, particularly in relation to economic, social and cultural rights. It identifies a range of constraints on social policy making deriving from these obligations and suggests that explicit and systematic attention to these constraints constitutes the essence of a rights-based approach to social policy making. Finally, the article comments on the adequacy of existing processes and structures of New Zealand government for giving effect to a rights-based approach and makes some suggestions for how these might be modified.
Keywords: Socio-economic rights, human rights, law and policy, social policy, New Zealand
JEL Classification: D63, D78, H50, I18, I28, I31, I38, J28, K33
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