Bounded political contestation: the domestic translation of international health and housing rights in Australia

Solomon, R 2017, 'Bounded political contestation: the domestic translation of international health and housing rights in Australia', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 367-382.


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Title Bounded political contestation: the domestic translation of international health and housing rights in Australia
Author(s) Solomon, R
Year 2017
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science
Volume number 52
Issue number 3
Start page 367
End page 382
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Political contestation within liberal democratic states is an important, albeit limited, guide in defining how these states domestically implement their international human rights obligations. While often ritualistically endorsing human rights standards, political actors allow themselves a limited policy space with their domestic political contest circumscribed by more pervasive influences, often at odds with the state's international commitments. This article examines recent health and housing policy initiatives by Australia's two major political parties and assesses them against its international commitments. Applying a social constructivist approach, this article argues that the dominant neoliberal political discourse and the state's institutional structure set contextual boundaries to the parties' policy contestation and reveal the limited influence of domestic political contestation in determining Australia's rights implementation.
Subject Human Rights Law
Australian Government and Politics
International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
Keyword(s) economic and social rights
Liberal democracy
neoliberalism
social constructivist approach
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10361146.2017.1326460
Copyright notice © 2017 Australian Political Studies Association
ISSN 1036-1146
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