The right to work: Linking human rights and employment policy

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This article outlines various explanations for singling out the right to work from the roster of human rights, and emphasizes the dilemmas associated with regulating the labour market as a barrier to the development of the right. It compares two frameworks that address these concerns from the contrasted perpectives of human rights and employmentpolicy - namely, the General Comment of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the European Employment Strategy. While these approaches are not natural allies, they can complement each other and construct an institutional system guided by the right to work as a superordinate norm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-215
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2007


  • Developed countries
  • Developing countries
  • Economic and social rights
  • Employment policy
  • Human rights
  • Right to work


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