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Global Norms with a Local Face

Global Norms with a Local Face
Rule-of-Law Promotion and Norm Translation


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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107172043

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  • To what extent are global rule-of-law norms, which external actors promote in post-conflict states, localized? Who decides whether global standards or local particularities prevail? This book offers a new approach to the debate about how the dilemma between the diffusion of global norms and their localization is dealt with in global politics. Studying the promotion of children's rights, access to public information, and an international commission against impunity in Guatemala, Lisbeth Zimmermann demonstrates that rule-of-law promotion triggers domestic contestation and thereby changes the approach taken by external actors, and ultimately the manner in which global norms are translated. However, the leeway in local translation is determined by the precision of global norms. Based on an innovative theoretical approach and an in-depth study of rule-of-law translation, Zimmermann argues for a shift in norm promotion from context sensitivity to democratic appropriation, speaking to scholars of international relations, peacebuilding, democratization studies, international law, and political theory.

    • Provides a new explanation of the effects of efforts to promote rule-of-law in post-conflict states
    • Reveals local struggles over rule-of-law norms and how external actors become part of these struggles
    • Offers researchers, policy makers, and practitioners ideas with which to improve democracy and rule-of-law promotion
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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107172043
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction: between global norms and local translation:
    1.1 Shortcomings of the state of the art
    1.2 The argument: interactive norm-translation
    1.3 Design
    1.4 Making translation more democratic?
    1.5 Data collection and analysis
    1.6 Outline of the book
    2. To socialize or to localize?:
    2.1 Norm socialization
    asymmetric interaction
    2.2 Norm localization: local agency only
    2.3 Beyond existing norm-diffusion research
    2.4 Acknowledging the interactive element
    3. Guatemala and the international community:
    3.1 External actors in war-torn Guatemala
    3.2 Guatemala today: engulfed by violence?
    3.3 A difficult relationship: domestic contestation of rule-of-law promotion
    4. Translating children's rights:
    4.1 The Convention on the Rights of the Child: the shift to a rights-based approach
    4.2 Interactive translation of the CRC in Guatemala: in search of a family-based approach
    4.3 Reshaping children's rights
    5. Translating a right to access information:
    5.1 The development of a global right to information
    5.2 Interactive ATI translation in Guatemala: securing justice or fighting corruption?
    5.3 Reshaping access to information
    6. Translating scripts for rule-of-law commissions:
    6.1 Emerging scripts for rule-of-law commissions
    6.2 Translating the UN scripts: human rights or the fight against crime?
    6.3 Reshaping the rule of law in Guatemala
    7. Towards an interactive perspective on norm-translation:
    7.1 Moving norm-translation research forward
    7.2 A research agenda for norm translation
    7.3 Shifting coordinates
    8. Balancing global norms and local faces:
    8.1 Global norms with a local face: is translation 'a good thing'?
    8.2 Making appropriation (more) democratic
    Annex 1: list of interview partners
    Annex 2: presidential administrations since democratization in Guatemala
    Annex 3: data selection media discourses
    Discourse on children's rights
    Discourse on right to access information
    Discourse on scripts for rule-of-law commission.

  • Author

    Lisbeth Zimmermann, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
    Lisbeth Zimmermann is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt. She is an external lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt and is affiliated with the university's Cluster of Excellence 'Formation of Normative Orders'.

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