The Human Right to Social Security and Its Impact on Socio-Political Action in Germany and Finland
Stamm, I. (2017). The Human Right to Social Security and Its Impact on Socio-Political Action in Germany and Finland. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 2 (1-2), 25-33. doi:10.1007/s41134-017-0030-7
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Social human rights have rarely been given attention in social work research or comparative studies on welfare states. The paper aims at filling the gap by analysing the conception of human beings inherent in human rights and in unemployment policy documents in Germany and Finland. Its focus lies on the right to social security, a central norm of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The main question is what impact does the right to social security have on socio-political action in Germany and Finland. The results of the analysis, which was based on the objective hermeneutics, revealed a structural similarity between the conceptions of human beings in both countries. Unemployed people are labelled as deficient and potentially in need of educational measures. Their autonomy is curtailed, sometimes severely. In this sense, the right to social security has hardly any impact. The social work profession in theory and practice should use human rights as a tool against these new forms of oppression. ...