n South African Law Journal - Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance?, Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard & Tshepo Madlingozi (Eds.) : book review

Volume 132, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



This important collection is edited by world-known scholars in the field of sociological jurisprudence, civil society and social justice. The twenty contributors are drawn from various universities and research centres, mainly in South Africa. After the introductory chapter, which identifies the main empirical research question behind the book as being a critical assessment of the structural compliance failure hypothesis in reference to socio-economic rights in South Africa and globally, the book is divided into two parts. The first part, 'Context and contestation', sets out the context for the development of civil society strategies on a national scale in law, politics and the economy. The second part, 'Thematic areas', contains an analysis of eight specific socio-economic rights, which are recognised by South Africa's legal order through constitutional level norms and/or the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, and which establish the basis for characterising the country as the cradle of contemporary socio-economic rights.

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