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Towards a more equal society?Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997$
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John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission: a new point of departure in the battle against discrimination and disadvantage

The Equality and Human Rights Commission: a new point of departure in the battle against discrimination and disadvantage

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Towards a more equal society?
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Vizard Polly

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0015

This chapter discusses equalities and human rights reform since 1997, arguing that recent legislation and the Equality and Human Rights Commission may herald a new era in the battle against persistent horizontal inequalities across gender, ethnic background, disability, and sexuality. It evaluates the reform programme against two benchmarks: Labour's 1997-election-manifesto commitments to ‘end unfair discrimination wherever it exists’ and to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic law; and more far-reaching reform models that view equality and human-rights standards as elements of a broader social-justice agenda.

Keywords:   human rights, ECHR, domestic law, social justice

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