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Social Protection
Social protection
Corina RodríguezEnriquez

The idea of social protection could refer to something as narrow as social policies targeted to assist people living in poverty, or to something as broad as the welfare regime.1 In this chapter I consider social protection as those public interventions aimed to i) protect people against certain circumstances, such as the lack of income in old age (pension system), the lack of health (health insurance and public health systems), the lack of income owing to the loss of employment (unemployment benefit), the cost of raising children (family allowances); and also to ii) provide goods and services that guarantee basic human rights, such as the right to education (public education), meet the right to a minimum standard of living (poverty reduction ...

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