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Of this issue's ten articles, the first six deal with aspects of politics in democracies, while the last four ask how rights are asserted or maintained against all regimes—but in particular, less democratic, or even genocidal ones.

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1 In constant dollars, Federal spending grew by about one-eighth during Clinton's two terms, but by more than one-third between 2000 and 2008. Expressed as a percentage of GDP, the contrast between the two administrations' spending is even sharper. (Graphs prepared at www.usgovernmentspending.com from data compiled by Christopher Chantrill. Used with permission.)

2 As Benhabib observes, the U.S. Supreme Court has invoked what the dissenting Justice Scalia called “alien law” in deciding that the execution of juveniles violated the Constitutional prohibition on “cruel and unusual” punishments.

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American Political Science Review
  • ISSN: 0003-0554
  • EISSN: 1537-5943
  • URL: /core/journals/american-political-science-review
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