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Law and Poverty

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ISBN13: 9781842773963
ISBN: 1842773968
Published: January 2003
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00



This work exposes how law is central to the causes and structure of poverty, and explores new possibilities for using the law to alleviate poverty. It covers international human rights conventions, constitutional and statutory provisions, social insurance and social assistance law, and ranges over a wide terrain. Law is examined at its most general, as legally constructed - looking at the ways in which specific laws can either exacerbate poverty or enshrine a human right not to be poor - and in establishing specific rights entitlements that bear on reducing poverty. Finally, and most concretely, it examines the specific role of law in areas like tackling child labour, reducing economic discrimination against women, and the freedom of employees to organize.

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Contents:
Introduction PART I POVERTY AS LEGALLY CONSTRUCTED 1. The Right to Development as a Basic Human Right - Ahmed Aoued 2. Cross-Border Reflections on Poverty: Lessons From the United States and Mexico - Lucy Williams 3. Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights: The Pinochet Case and the Emergence of a New Paradigm - Camilo Perez-Bustillo PART II RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLEVIATING POVERTY 4. The Politics of Child Support - Peter Robson 5. The State, Laws and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Bangladesh - Mokbul Morshed Ahmad 6. Exclusion and Rights - Paul Spicker PART III THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LEGAL ENTITLEMENTS 7. Judicial Review, Social Antagonism and the Use of Litigation as a Tool for Combating Poverty - Antonella Mameli 8. Poverty and Property - Human Rights and Social Security - Asbjorn Kjonstad 9. The Effect of Legal Mechanisms on Selective Welfare Strategies for Needy Persons: The Greek experience - Gabriel Amitsis PART IV LEGAL INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF POVERTY 10. Gender Mainstreaming as an Instrument for Combating Poverty - Susan Nott 11. Does Alcohol and Tobacco Legislation Help Reduce Poverty? The evidence from Sri Lanka - Kalinga Tudor Silva 12. Child Labour - A threat to survival of civilization - Amita Agarwal 13. Labour Organization and Labour Relations Law in India: Implications for poverty alleviation - Debi S. Saini Index