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The Persistent Power of Human Rights
From Commitment to Compliance

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

Thomas Risse, Stephen C. Ropp, Anja Jetschke, Andrea Liese, Beth A. Simmons, Tanja A. Börzel, Xinyuan Dai, Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, Ann Marie Clark, Kathryn Sikkink, Katrin Kinzelbach, Vera van Hüllen, Wagaki Mwangi, Lothar Rieth, Hans Peter Schmitz, Nicole Deitelhoff, Klaus Dieter Wolf, Hyeran Jo, Katherine Bryant, Alison Brysk
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107609365

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About the Authors
  • 'The Power of Human Rights' (published in 1999) was an innovative and influential contribution to the study of international human rights. At its center was a 'spiral model' of human rights change which described the various socialization processes through which international norms were internalized into the domestic practices of various authoritarian states during the Cold War years. 'The Persistent Power of Human Rights' builds on these insights, extending its reach and analysis. It updates our understanding of the various causal mechanisms and conditions which produce behavioural compliance, and expands the range of rights-violating actors examined to include democratic and authoritarian Great Powers, corporations, guerrilla groups, and private actors. Using a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative research and theory, this book yields not only important new academic insights but also a host of useful lessons for policy-makers and practitioners.

    • Updates our understanding of the mechanisms and processes that explain why and how human rights change can occur under the best and worst of circumstances
    • Deals with issues including the role of non-state actors, the impact of limited statehood, and compliance by both willing and unwilling powerful states
    • Contains a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative work by scholars in the fields of international relations and comparative politics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A superb collection of essays epitomizing the new wave of human rights scholarship that is more evaluative, inter-disciplinary, quantitative, critical and engaged. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how, when and why the international human rights system works (and doesn’t work)."
    Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University

    "The Persistent Power of Human Rights shows the persistent imagination of a group of scholars who developed the spiral model more than a decade ago. The revisited version is as significant for our understanding of social norms as the 1999 book was - a must for students of human rights."
    Michael Zürn, Director at the WZB and Professor of International Relations, Freie Universität Berlin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107609365
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction and Stock-Taking:
    1. Introduction and overview Thomas Risse and Stephen C. Ropp
    2. The power of human rights a decade after: from euphoria to contestation? Anja Jetschke and Andrea Liese
    3. From ratification to compliance: quantitative evidence on the spiral model Beth A. Simmons
    Part II. Conceptual and Methodological Issues:
    4. Human rights in areas of limited statehood: the new agenda Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse
    5. The 'compliance gap' and the efficacy of international human rights institutions Xinyuan Dai
    6. Social mechanisms to promote international human rights: complementary or contradictory? Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks
    Part III. From Ratification to Compliance: States Revisited:
    7. The normative context of human rights criticism: treaty ratification and UN mechanisms Ann Marie Clark
    8. The United States and torture: does the spiral model work? Kathryn Sikkink
    9. Resisting the power of human rights: the People's Republic of China Katrin Kinzelbach
    10. The 'Arab Spring' and the spiral model: Tunisia and Morocco Vera van Hüllen
    Part IV. From Commitment to Compliance: Companies, Rebel, Individuals:
    11. Encouraging greater compliance: local networks and the United Nations Global Compact Wagaki Mwangi, Lothar Rieth and Hans Peter Schmitz
    12. Business and human rights: how corporate norm violators become norm entrepreneurs Nicole Deitelhoff and Klaus Dieter Wolf
    13. Taming of the warlords: commitment and compliance by armed opposition groups in civil wars Hyeran Jo and Katherine Bryant
    14. Changing hearts and minds: sexual politics and human rights Alison Brysk
    15. Conclusions Thomas Risse and Kathryn Sikkink.

  • Editors

    Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin
    Thomas Risse is Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin.

    Stephen C. Ropp, University of Wyoming
    Stephen C. Ropp is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Relations (SPSIS) at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota
    Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor and the McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science at the University of Minnesota.


    Thomas Risse, Stephen C. Ropp, Anja Jetschke, Andrea Liese, Beth A. Simmons, Tanja A. Börzel, Xinyuan Dai, Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, Ann Marie Clark, Kathryn Sikkink, Katrin Kinzelbach, Vera van Hüllen, Wagaki Mwangi, Lothar Rieth, Hans Peter Schmitz, Nicole Deitelhoff, Klaus Dieter Wolf, Hyeran Jo, Katherine Bryant, Alison Brysk

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