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Submitted by Shanta on

Anders: Thanks for weighing in. I can't argue with what is said in the Covenant, but I might argue with what is left unsaid. When state parties undertake to achieve the full realization of rights, do they ever take into account government budget constraints? If they did, they would then have to state explicitly that government financing should be for those services where there is either a market failure (public goods and externalities) or redistribution motive. By not making this point explicit, the rights approach has inadvertently allowed public resources to be captured by the non-poor, precisely the opposite outcome from what the approach was trying to achieve. Shanta