Recovering the History of Human Rights: Public Finances and Human Rights

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The Chapter considers a number of themes. First, it highlights that questions about revenue and expenditure were often not far removed from the early debates about rights. Second, as might be expected, the concerns of these early rights advocates were dissimilar to the aims of modern mainstream human rights law, frequently being bound up with the protection of private property. This does not mean that early concerns about rights and public finances are irrelevant today. Third, some rights advocates (Paine and Kant) highlighted more progressive arguments about finance and rights that are still especially relevant today. Fourth, that the early debates treat rights as more a political than a juridical notion and this more political notion needs to be reasserted for modern rights advocacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Rights and Public Finance
EditorsAoife Nolan, Rory O'Connell, Colin Harvey
PublisherHart Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781841130118
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 21 Oct 2013


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