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American Journal of Political Science

Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Bjørnskov, Christian and Jacob Mchangama (2019). “Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?”. American Journal of Political Science 63(2), 452–466. doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12421

Authors
Christian Bjørnskov, Jacob Mchangama

While the United Nations and NGOs are pushing for global judicialization of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCRs), little is known of their consequences. We provide evidence of the effects of introducing three types of ESCRs into the constitution: the rights to education, health, and social security. Employing a large panel covering annual data from 160 countries in the period 1960–2010, we find no robust evidence of positive effects of ESCRs. We do, however, document adverse medium-term effects on education, inflation, and civil rights.

Christian Bjørnskov

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