“A Pragmatic Compromise between the Ideal and the Realistic”: Debates over Human Rights, Global Distributive Justice and Minimum Core Obligations in the 1980s

  • Julia Dehm


This chapter provides a critical account of how human rights debates during the 1980s engaged with questions of global inequality, redistribution and sufficiency. It shows how during this period a focus on basic needs and “minimum core obligations” rather than distributive justice was consolidated in economic and social rights frameworks. It traces key debates and seeks to understand the motivations and intentions of human rights practitioners and activists, as well as the background of profound global changes against which these discussions occurred.

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  • Julia Dehm
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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