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Human Rights Futures

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Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, Leslie Vinjamuri, Geoffrey Dancy, Kathryn Sikkink, Beth A. Simmons, Anton Strezhnev, Thomas Risse, Alexander Cooley, Matthew Schaaf, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Sally Engle Merry, Peggy Levitt, Shareen Hertel, Samuel Moyn
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107193352

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  • For the first time in one collected volume, mainstream and critical human rights scholars together examine the empirical and normative debates around the future of human rights. They ask what makes human rights effective, what strategies will enhance the chances of compliance, what blocks progress, and whether the hope for human rights is entirely misplaced in a rapidly transforming world. Human Rights Futures sees the world as at a crucial juncture. The project for globalizing rights will either continue to be embedded or will fall backward into a maelstrom of nationalist backlash, religious resurgence and faltering Western power. Each chapter talks directly to the others in an interactive dialogue, providing a theoretical and methodological framework for a clear research agenda for the next decade. Scholars, graduate students and practitioners of political science, history, sociology, law and development will find much to both challenge and provoke them in this innovative book.

    • Innovatively advances the human rights debate to ground discussion of possible future developments
    • Offers a one-stop resource for mainstream and critical scholarly arguments around human rights effectiveness and compliance
    • Features many of the most influential scholars working on global human rights at a crucial juncture in the contemporary world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'This fine book surveys what has been achieved, what social scientists have learned about those achievements, and several possible paths forward for human rights. It will be of interest to scholars, students, and citizens alike and should quickly establish itself as a standard work in the field. Excellent in every way!' Jack Donnelly, University of Denver

    Advance praise: 'Human Rights Futures is a unique and timely book. Unique in that it enlists leading writers from cognate disciplines to address fundamental questions about the meaning and value of human rights as a political project. Timely in that the contestation played out by the contributors reflects the clash between advocates and defenders 'out there' in the social world. Protagonists from all sides will be informed and enlightened by reading this excellent book.' Tim Dunne, University of Queensland

    Advance praise: ‘This outstanding book identifies and examines the countercurrents and undertows in international human rights. These norms both build and remake the terrain of global politics. The insightful contributions by leading scholars show persuasively that the owl of Minerva will continue to fly at dusk - be it dawn or nightfall.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

    Advance praise: 'This timely collection dares to imagine the future for human rights in a world where liberal internationalism is under challenge from many corners. It features detailed evidence that the impact of human rights promotion remains pervasive, as well as arguments that question its power and lament the minimalist ambition that has underpinned it over the past half century. The book is essential reading for those who want to transcend both categorical dismissals and defenses to achieve a deeper understanding of human rights processes and outcomes, as well as the conditions that enable the ‘everyday success’ of human rights promotion in the twenty-first century.' Jennifer Welsh, European University Institute, Florence

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107193352
    • dimensions: 233 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: human rights: past, present and future Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder and Leslie Vinjamuri
    2. Human rights data, processes, and outcomes: how recent research points to a better future Geoffrey Dancy and Kathryn Sikkink
    3. Human rights and human welfare: looking for a 'dark side' to international human rights law Beth A. Simmons and Anton Strezhnev
    4. Empowering rights through mass movements, religion, and reform parties Jack Snyder
    5. Human rights backlash Leslie Vinjamuri
    6. Human rights in areas of limited statehood: from the spiral model to localization and translation Thomas Risse
    7. Grounding the backlash: regional security treaties, counternorms and human rights in Eurasia Alexander Cooley and Matthew Schaaf
    8. Governing religion as right Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
    9. The vernacularization of women's human rights Sally Engle Merry and Peggy Levitt
    10. Re-framing human rights advocacy: the rise of economic rights Shareen Hertel
    11. Human rights and the crisis of liberalism Samuel Moyn
    12. Human rights on the road to nowhere Stephen Hopgood
    13. Conclusion: human rights futures Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder and Leslie Vinjamuri.

  • Editors

    Stephen Hopgood, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Stephen Hopgood is Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International (2006), which won the American Political Science Association Best Book in Human Rights Award in 2007, and The Endtimes of Human Rights (2013).

    Jack Snyder, Columbia University, New York
    Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, New York. His books include Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance (with Alexander Cooley, Cambridge, 2015).

    Leslie Vinjamuri, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Leslie Vinjamuri is an Associate Professor of International Relations, and Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Recent works include 'The Distant Promise of a Negotiated Justice' in Daedalus, Volume 146, Issue 1, Winter 2017.


    Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, Leslie Vinjamuri, Geoffrey Dancy, Kathryn Sikkink, Beth A. Simmons, Anton Strezhnev, Thomas Risse, Alexander Cooley, Matthew Schaaf, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Sally Engle Merry, Peggy Levitt, Shareen Hertel, Samuel Moyn

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