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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Right to Social Security

Irene Sobrino Guijarro

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Social security

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. The right to social security is a fundamental human right that, very broadly, can be defined as the entitlement of individual members of a society to income security and health care provision. The acknowledgment of the universal human need for social protection against unforeseen life circumstances constitutes a major achievement in the constitutional and legal organization of societies, informed by notions of substantive equality and solidarity. Social security rights, through their redistributive character and central role in poverty reduction and social...
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