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Human Rights Quarterly

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In Reclaiming Social Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives, Paul Hunt, formerly a Visiting Fellow with the Harvard Human Rights Program, now at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, grapples with the historical and political marginalization of social rights, and offers visionary but practical plans for reclaiming them. By "social rights," Hunt means the rights set out in Articles 11- 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), including an adequate standard of living, food, shelter, health, and education. Hunt seeks a broad audience, focusing on the human rights community, which, as he correctly points out, has neglected social rights for too long. His is a daunting endeavor, especially for a 209-page book, not only because of the surprising wealth and range of the material, but because some may chafe at the charge of "neglect." Nevertheless, Hunt succeeds brilliantly on all counts.



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