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I. Ideas as catalysts: Rights and the struggle for recognition of persons with disabilities

II. Strategic and communicative components of rights-claims

III. Two conceptions of responsiveness: An excursus into constitutional theory

Conclusion: The not-so-strange alchemy of new governance and “old government”


This paper was written for the Conference “Courts and New Governance" (Academy of European Law and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies with the support of the Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), Florence, June 2011).