Learning from previous crises: The constitutionalization of the decent standard of living in Greece.

From extensive constitutional litigation to projects of constitutional reform, crises have the potential of forging new stories for social rights constitutionalism. The present paper explores how the sovereign debt crisis in Greece and national and international responses thereto, led to the constitutionalization of the decent standard of living through constitutional amendment. It is argued that post-economic crisis social rights constitutionalism in Greece is poverty-focused, being preoccupied with the protection of a social minimum, thus limiting the ambition and normative value of constitutional norms that protect social rights.