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The embrace of socio-economic rights in South Africa has featured prominently in scholarship on constitution making, legal jurisprudence and social mobilisation. But the development has attracted critics who claim that this turn to rights has not generated social transformation in practice. This book sets out to assess one part of the puzzle and asks what has been the role and impact of socio-economic strategies used by civil society actors. Focusing on a range of socio-economic rights and national trends in law and political economy, the book's authors show how socio-economic rights have influenced the development of civil society discourse and action. The evidence suggests that some strategies have achieved material and political impact but this is conditional on the nature of the claim, degree of mobilisation and alliance building, and underlying constraints.
Table of Contents
Introduction: civil society and rights
Context and Contestation:
Constitutional jurisprudence: the first and second waves
Socio-economic rights beyond the public/private law divide
Post-apartheid social movements and legal mobilisation
Political power: social pacting, human rights and the development agenda
Rural land tenure: the potential and limits of rights-based approaches
Housing rights litigation: Grootboom and beyond
Health rights: politics, places and the need for 'sites for rights'
Social security rights: campaigns and courts
Urban basic services: rights, reality and resistance
Realising environmental rights: civic action, leverage, and litigation
Access to information and socio-economic rights: a theory of change in practice
Gender and socio-economic rights: the case of gender-based violence and health
Migrants and mobilisation around socio-economic rights Tara
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