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Children's Rights: From Philosophy to Public Policy
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Mhairi Cowden
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Children's Rights: From Philosophy to Public Policy

Mhairi Cowden


Palgrave Macmillan

Social & political philosophy;
Ethical issues & debates;
Age groups: children;
Child welfare;
Civil rights & citizenship;
Health & Self-Help


224 pages

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Despite the existence of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child there still exists a debate on whether children can really hold rights. This book presents a clear theory of children's rights by examining controversial case studies. The author presents a pathway to translating rights into practical social and political instruments for change.

By:   Mhairi Cowden
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   4.041kg
ISBN:   9781137492272
ISBN 10:   1137492279
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   November 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Table of contentsList of illustrationsPrefacePART I1. Introduction2. What is Special about Children?3. Why Children do not hold Rights4. Capacity and Competence5. Why Children have RightsPART II6. A Right to Develop7. A Right to Know8. A Right to Medical Decision Making9. A Right to be Loved10. A Future for Children ' 's RightsReferencesIndex

Mhairi Cowden is a Policy Officer within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for the Government of Western Australia.

This is an accessible and erudite engagement with controversial and highly important human rights issues. The book makes a significant and original contribution to a long-neglected area of study in the otherwise voluminous literature around human rights. Katharine Gelber, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and ARC Future Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia Guided by the innovative use of the concepts of capacity and competence, [this book] offers a refreshingly original look at children's rights. Written in clear and direct language, empirically well informed, and with a sophisticated grasp of the philosophical issues at stake, it re-invigorates the debate on what such rights demand of us, especially in several difficult and contentious areas of public policy. David Archard, Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University, Belfast, UK The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified treaty in the world, yet observed more in the breach than enactment. Cowden tackles this head authoritatively on by responding to the gap between our aspirations regarding the fulfillment of child rights, and the barriers to adequate policy implementation. [This book] is a welcome resource for anyone who has an interest in how we make the fundamental rights of children a reality. - Norman Gillespie, CEO of UNICEF Australia

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