This book addresses a topic that is currently high on the agenda in many fora: how to specify and secure a social minimum? The term social minimum has different meanings, depending on the context. These contexts are examined in this book, from different perspectives, such as law, sociology, philosophy, politics and economics.
In the first part, the social minimum will be discussed from a conceptual and theoretical point of view.
The second part shows the various ways in which the social minimum can be specified and measured. There is a need for new indicators that take into account, for instance, aspects of adequate social participation. As this part will show, the choice of indicators is closely intertwined with political choices.
The third part will approach the social minimum from the perspective of legal obligations, ie what is the nature of different obligations imposed on individuals and states?
The fourth part deals with the question of social minimum in the context of courts, adjudication and justiciability. The role of international treaties and national constitutions, the interpretation of the rights they enshrine and the way these are dealt with by expert committees and courts is discussed with a view to understand how they can bring countries to guarantee a social minimum.
Besides being of interest for academics in fields ranging from legal theory and human rights to the social sciences, the book also serves as an important source for students as well as practitioners interested in the social minimum and anyone who wants to gain an insight into the current debates on this extremely important issue.