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Poverty and the Local Contigency of Universal Rights

van Hees, Martin; Dowding, Keith


This paper considers theoretically the relationship between what rights people may be said to have the normatively defensible distribution of wealth between people within nations and across the world, and people's empirical responses to poverty within their own state and across the world. We argue that rights are universal, and that rights and freedoms do entail a duty to reduce poverty. However freedom is defined, greater poverty entails, either conceptually or causally, reduced freedom. Since...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: International Social Science Journal


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