Latin American Social Constitutionalism started at the beginning of the 20th century with the 1917 Mexican Constitution, only two years before the Weimar Constitution recognized the role of social rights in a democratic state. As opposed to the Weimar Constitution, and despite the influence of German legal doctrine, most of the Latin American new or reformed constitutions understand social rights not only as purely objective, programmatic principles, but as affording direct, legally enforceable access to services. While many reformed constitutions follow the “German” concept of Social State, they assign a central role to social rights as a requirement for a life in dignity. At the same time, there are doubts as to whether social rights exist in a subjective sense. That follows from the discrepancy in many Latin American countries between the endeavour to achieve a life in dignity and the resources actually available to large parts of the population.