The essay, looking at social rights as rights that ground a social citizenship based on the guarantee of a certain level qualitative and quantitative level of well-being, aims at investigating, first, their sources within a multi-level perspective. In such a view, the Author proposes a synthesis of the multi-level system of social rights related to the working condition divided into two sub-systems: that one of the right to work and that one of the right to social security. A punctual analysis of those rights and of their conditions of entitlement follows. The essay focuses then on the ways in which that level of well-being is defined and on the burdens that companies have to bear in this view, concluding that, anyway, the activation of the beneficiary is essential to make social rights real.
Keywords: Social rights; Social citizenship; Right to work; Social security; Competitiveness; Conditionality