The Human Rights Act 1998: a bridge between citizenship and justice?

JOHNSON, N. (2004). The Human Rights Act 1998: a bridge between citizenship and justice? Social policy and society, 3 (2), 113-121.


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This article discusses the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). It suggests that the HRA is designed to promote a classic liberal conception of political citizenship, which protects the individual from the exercise of arbitrary state power, and not to extend the role of the state as a welfare provider. It goes on to argue that the government has limited the effectiveness of the HRA by claiming that they are building a culture of rights and responsibilities whilst treating human rights as an issue for the courts rather than an issue for government and public authorities generally. The article concludes by discussing extending the HRA to include economic, social and cultural rights.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1017/S147474640300157X
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 05:42

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