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The reduction of the UK budget deficit: a human rights perspective


  • Diane Elson


This paper contributes to new thinking in economics by employing a human rights perspective to examine the budget deficit reduction strategy of the UK coalition government, as set out in 2010 in the June budget and October Spending Review. Focusing on economic and social rights, the paper explains the human rights obligations of governments and key human rights principles. As examples of how they should be applied to examine the deficit reduction strategy, it examines the implications of the policy changes for child poverty and gender equality, and finds that in both cases there is evidence to suggest non-compliance with the human rights obligations of the UK government.

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  • Diane Elson, 2012. "The reduction of the UK budget deficit: a human rights perspective," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(2), pages 177-190, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:26:y:2012:i:2:p:177-190
    DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2011.640315

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