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.
|Title of host publication||Human Rights and Public Finance|
|Editors||Aoife Nolan, Rory O'Connell, Colin Harvey|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Oct 2013|
O'Connell, R. (2013). Recovering the History of Human Rights: Public Finances and Human Rights. In A. Nolan, R. O'Connell, & C. Harvey (Eds.), Human Rights and Public Finance (pp. 107-122). Hart Publishing.