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9. Freedom from Want: Globalisation and Social Security

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This chapter discusses the current challenges created by globalisation for the effective protection of the right to social security and asks what role a rights-based approach can play in strengthening such protection. It defines social rights as a specific category of rights and discusses their role in the human rights regime. The chapter shows how the idea of economic and social rights has been contested throughout the sixty-year history of the modern human rights regime. It explains the concepts of social policy and welfare theory and also discusses the relationship between human rights and social policy. The chapter assesses the negative and positive impacts of globalisation in relation to the protection of social security around the globe. It uses examples to illustrate the dilemmas and problems in expanding social safety nets.

Keywords: globalisation; human rights; social policy; social rights; social security

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