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GW WonkCast S4E9: What is a Right?


We often hear the word “right” used in policy discussions and debates about federal programs. But what exactly is a right? What is the difference between a positive right and a negative right? How does our understanding of rights influence what we believe about the roles and responsibilities of a government and its citizens? This week, co-hosts Nathalie Grogan, Eli Richman, and Eric LaDue explore these questions and their implications for modern-day policy issues including healthcare, gun control, and education.


Relevant links:

The Bill of Rights

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Rights

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The views expressed herein are those of the co-hosts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Policy Perspectives or the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.