Government Budgets and Human Rights: An Expenditure-Based Approach for OECD Countries

Avcı M.

in: Regulating Human Rights, Social Security, and Socio-Economic Structures in a Global Perspective, Emilia Alaverdov,Muhammad Waseem Bari, Editor, IGI GLOBAL, Pennsylvania, pp.227-249, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: IGI GLOBAL
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-249
  • Editors: Emilia Alaverdov,Muhammad Waseem Bari, Editor
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Fiscal resources, as well as legal infrastructure, are required to fulfill human rights obligations. This emphasizes the importance of fiscal perspective for realizing human rights, and it finds a soul in the budget as concepts of public expenditures and revenues. Budgets, as the government's most important fiscal plan, outline how resources will be allocated. In this regard, budgets play a vital role for the realizing of human rights. Human rights-based budgeting approach has become increasingly popular in recent years. This technique considers human rights obligations for allocating resources; hence, it assists in defining public expenditures. This study focused on human rights from a fiscal perspective and the causality relationship between public expenditures, and human rights was investigated by employing the Dumitrescu-Hurlin panel causality test for the period 1995-2017 in 26 OECD countries, based on the assumption that public expenditures are an important instrument in realizing human rights. Findings reveal a bidirectional causality between public spending and human rights.