Translated title of the contribution: Can social rights be guaranteed? A proposal for the new Chilean Constitution

José Ignacio Martínez Estay, Marcela Inés Peredo Rojas, Rodrigo Andrés Poyanco Bugueño

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In the framework of the Chilean constituent process, and in the face of ideas that propose replacing the current Fundamental Charter with one that considers a social State principle or the enhanced justiciability of social rights, the purpose of this article is to explain the dogmatic limits to the justiciability of this type of prerogatives and why an improvement of this type could only translate into a relative improvement in the enforceability of the respective benefits. In this framework, an improvement that respects at the same time the competences and responsibilities of the authorities, the limits of the jurisdictional work and the technical characteristics of social rights, could consist in the inclusion of a collegiate and consultative body that, as in other countries, would allow these demands to be considered in a timely manner within the legislative process, which, together with respecting the need for social policies to have a democratic origin, would help the adjudicatory work of the judge to focus on the proper legal interpretation of the relevant constitutional provisions.

Translated title of the contributionCan social rights be guaranteed? A proposal for the new Chilean Constitution
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)337-357
Number of pages21
JournalRevista de Derecho Politico
Issue number114
StatePublished - May 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Los aspectos de este artículo aportados por el profesor Poyanco se derivan del proyecto de investigación patrocinado por la Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo de Chile (ANID), folio N° PAI77190095, denominado «Estudio de la nueva jurisprudencia constitucional sobre el derecho a la salud en Chile». El mencionado profesor, a cargo de dicho proyecto, agradece el apoyo de ese organismo.

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© UNED. Revista de Derecho Político


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