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The Power of Human Rights

The Power of Human Rights
International Norms and Domestic Change


Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

Thomas Risse, Kathryn Sikkink, Hans Peter Schmitz, David Black, Sieglinde Gränzer, Anja Jetschke, Stephen C. Ropp, Daniel C. Thomas
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  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658829

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  • This book celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by showing how global human rights norms have influenced national government practices in eleven different countries around the world. Had the principles articulated in the Declaration had any effect on the behavior of states towards their citizens? What are the conditions under which international human rights norms are internalized in domestic practices? And what can we learn from this case about why, how, and under what conditions international norms in general influence the actions of states? This book draws on the work of social constructivists to examine these important issues. The contributors examine eleven countries representing five different world regions - Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe - drawing practical lessons for activists and policy makers concerned with preserving and extending the human rights gains made during the past fifty years.

    • Study of the effects of global human rights norms and international pressure on domestic policy, arguing that governments do have to respond to pressure
    • Theoretical framework supported by studies of experiences in countries worldwide: Southern, Central and North Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe
    • An excellent subject, published fifty years after the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658829
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. The socialization of international human rights norms into domestic practices: introduction Thomas Risse and Kathryn Sikkink
    2. Transnational activism and political change in Kenya and Uganda Hans Peter Schmitz
    3. The long and winding road: international norms and domestic political change in South Africa David Black
    4. Changing discourse: transnational advocacy networks in Tunisia and Morocco Sieglinde Gränzer
    5. Linking the unlinkable? International norms and nationalism in Indonesia and the Philippines Anja Jetschke
    6. International norms and domestic politics in Chile and Guatemala Stephen C. Ropp and Kathryn Sikkink
    7. The Helsinki accords and political change in Eastern Europe Daniel C. Thomas
    8. International human rights norms and domestic change: conclusions Thomas Risse and Stephen C. Ropp
    List of references

  • Editors

    Thomas Risse, European University Institute, Florence

    Stephen C. Ropp, University of Wyoming

    Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota


    Thomas Risse, Kathryn Sikkink, Hans Peter Schmitz, David Black, Sieglinde Gränzer, Anja Jetschke, Stephen C. Ropp, Daniel C. Thomas

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