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3. State and Citizen

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The first section of this chapter discusses global public goods in relation to good governance. It then discusses the rights concerning the protection of the rule of law that are mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights from 1966. The part also discusses corruption in the public and the private sector has a negative impact on fighting poverty, closing the gap between rich and poor, good governance, confidence in the public sector, foreign investment, economic growth and political stability. Finally it analyses access to public goods – be they global, regional, national, or local – are reduced for certain segments of society; typically, access to these goods for socially and economically exposed groups such as the jobless, the long-term unemployed, the homeless, minorities, the elderly, women, children, the mentally ill, and the disabled is especially restricted.

Keywords: corruption; customary law; global public good; good governance; human rights; poverty; public sector



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