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Social rights and the United Nations – Child Rights Convention (UN-CRC): Is the CRC a help or hindrance for developing universal and egalitarian social policies for children’s wellbeing in the ‘developing world’?

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Children’s social policies, which are crucial for attaining social rights and welfare/wellbeing, are influenced by the Child Rights Convention (CRC). However, despite the CRC becoming the unilateral framework for interpreting child wellbeing, its inherent complexities and the persistent deprivations experienced by children in ‘developing’ countries calls for alternate approaches while formulating children’s social policies. Key limitations of the CRC include inappropriate prioritisation of rights when resources are limited or when rights conflict, the apolitical nature of the Convention itself and its failure to integrate into wellbeing analysis the existence of two different welfare states/or lack of it in the world. Despite the usefulness of ‘welfare state frameworks’ in combating absolute child poverty in the West, it is rarely applied in the South. This article analyses CRC from the political economy perspective focusing on social rights and the ‘developing’ world which offers a useful critique to the mainstream child rights discourse.

Affiliations: 1: Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, sumankhadka@hotmail.com

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