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Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe$
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Wojciech Sadurski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296033.001.0001

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A Pluralist Theory of Political Rights in Times of Stress

A Pluralist Theory of Political Rights in Times of Stress

(p.12) 1 A Pluralist Theory of Political Rights in Times of Stress
Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe

Michel Rosenfeld

Oxford University Press

It is hardly clear which rights should qualify as political, much less which political rights should be deemed indispensable in times of stress. In a narrow sense, political rights are distinct from civil rights and from social and economic rights. Of the fifty three Articles of the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, only two deal strictly speaking with political rights. Article 25 grants citizens an individual right to political participation that boils down to the right to vote and the right to be eligible for elective office. The collective right seems as broad as the individual right seems narrow, but if one places the latter in its proper context it only remains meaningful so long as it is inextricably linked to a significant bundle of other rights. In the end, pluralism does not furnish a list of political rights for each of the three different times discussed throughout.

Keywords:   political rights, United Nations, civil rights, individual right, collective right, pluralism, Article 25

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