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      Critical explorations on the constitutional protection of decent living under the influence of poverty statistics : The case of Greece

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      human dignity, decent living, poverty, statistics


            The protection of decent living is, since 2019, a constitutional obligation in the Greek legal order. The new constitutional provision which followed the constitutional amendment made the term decent living a legal term. Based on this development the question that arises is if it is still possible for the legislature and the courts to use the results of statistics of poverty as empirical data for the protection of decent living, given that poverty statistics quantify the term poverty, a term with different content comparing with the term decent living. The study aims to demonstrate the implications of the use of poverty statistics to the quality and effectiveness of protection of decent living and to propose new ways for the implementation of social statistics to judicial control for the protection of decent living. The main argument is that protection of socio-economic rights must follow the example of the environmental protection as far as the impact to decent living status is concerned.


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            15 July 2022
            [1 ] Hellenic Open University, Public Administration dep.
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            human dignity, decent living, poverty, statistics



            The scientific article, based on the provided explores the issue of poverty statistics and the protection of decent living. The article discuss various aspects of measuring poverty, including income poverty and income inequality. The text highlights the difference between spatial and proportional variables and discusses the significance of income as a proportional variable.

            The article also mention the methodology of poverty measurement employed by the Greek Statistical Authority and emphasize the need to consider the cost of living in relation to income. It is noted that poverty statistics do not adequately address the requirements of decent living and require a more comprehensive approach that takes into account different aspects of well-being.

            The article also draw attention to the role of statistics in judicial assessment, particularly regarding the protection of decent living. They argue that the court should utilize quantitative methods to measure decent living and can exercise control over the compliance with constitutional provisions.

            In conclusion, the article draw parallels between the protection of decent living and environmental protection, suggesting the potential of an ecological perspective and the use of judicial tools for safeguarding decent living.

            One potential limitation could be the lack of empirical evidence or case studies to support the arguments presented. While the article appears to discuss theoretical concepts and highlight the need for a broader approach to measuring poverty and protecting decent living, the absence of concrete examples or data may weaken the overall persuasiveness and practical applicability of the arguments.

            Moreover, the article primarily focus on the Greek context and may not provide a comprehensive analysis of poverty statistics and decent living protection in a broader international or comparative framework. It would be beneficial to explore how the concepts discussed in the article align with or differ from approaches used in other countries or regions.

            The scientific article,  promises to be interesting and relevant. It delves into important considerations regarding poverty statistics and the measurement of decent living. Overall, the article seems to offer valuable insights into the topic and its intersection with the legal framework.

            2023-06-16 19:46 UTC

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