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'Bread and Roses': Economic Justice and Constitutional Rights

Published on Feb 27, 2015
Colleen Sheppard6
Estimated H-index: 6
(McGill University)
Abstract
English Abstract: Socio-economic inequality and poverty constitute critical human rights challenges in an increasingly globalized world. Not only do they result in material inequities that affect everyday life; they also undermine psychological and social well-being. In this article, issues of economic injustice and social exclusion are examined through the lens of constitutional rights. It explores three different dimensions of the nexus between economic justice and constitutionalism, including: (i) the role of law in creating socio-economic inequality and poverty; (ii) the extent to which economic justice is addressed at the interstices of civil and political rights and freedoms; and (iii) the potential for the concept of social inclusion to assist in the reimagining of constitutional law and economic justice.Spanish Abstract: La desigualdad socioeconomica y la pobreza constituyen desafios criticos a los derechos humanos en un mundo cada vez mas globalizado. No solo dan lugar a desigualdades materiales que afectan a la vida cotidiana, sino que tambien socavan el bienestar psicologico y social. En este articulo se analizan los problemas de la injusticia economica y la exclusion social a traves del prisma de los derechos constitucionales. Se exploran tres dimensiones diferentes del nexo entre justicia economica y constitucionalismo, incluyendo: (i) el papel del derecho en la creacion de desigualdad socioeconomica y pobreza; (ii) el grado en que la justicia economica se aborda en los intersticios de los derechos y libertades civiles y politicos; y (iii) el potencial del concepto de inclusion social para ayudar en la reinvencion de la ley constitucional y la justicia economica.
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