Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

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Social Rights and Welfare

  • Chikako EndoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_33-2


In his influential 1950 essay, the British sociologist, T.H. Marshall explained the development of social rights in terms of the historical process of modernization and the completion of citizenship rights (Marshall 1950). Taken together, civil, political, and social rights were to ameliorate class conflicts generated by industrial capitalism by extending the equal status of citizenship, along with its rights and duties, to all citizens across social classes. Following Marshall, social rights within the social policy literature have been understood as people’s entitlements to the extra-market provision of socioeconomic resources by the institutions of the capitalist welfare state and are often discussed in terms of the degree of social expenditures for the social security system, healthcare, education, housing, income maintenance, and care services (Stephens 2010). Normative arguments on social rights in legal and political theory center on the moral reasons for why...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversityOsakaJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tetsu Sakurai
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Intercultural StudiesKobe UniversityKobeJapan