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Cleveland State University

Judicial review

2009

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Policentrism, Political Moblization, And The Promise Of Socioeconomic Rights, Brian E. Ray Jan 2009

Policentrism, Political Moblization, And The Promise Of Socioeconomic Rights, Brian E. Ray

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There is an active and heated debate over whether socioeconomic rights should be included in modern constitutions because of their supposed "positive" character and the difficult separation-of-powers and institutional-competence concerns such rights raise. The controversy over the nature of socioeconomic rights and whether constitutions should include them is connected to the issue of how to enforce these rights when they are included. The South African Constitutional Court is the leading example of a court dealing with these enforcement issues, and its early decisions have been hailed by many, including Mark Tushnet and Cass Sunstein, as developing a uniquely effective approach ...