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The Power of Human Rights

The Power of Human Rights
International Norms and Domestic Change

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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 celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nation's passage 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. Transnational human rights pressures and policies have made a significant difference in bringing about improvements in human rights practices in diverse countries around the world. The book describes a model of socialization processes that can be broadly applied to other processes and policy areas where global ideas have an impact on domestic affairs.

    • 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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    "A sophisticated inquiry into when and how international human rights norms change state behavior, tracing the way transnational advocacy groups, international organizations, Western states, and domestic opposition groups interact to put pressure on offending governments...draws useful lessons for policymakers and advocates alike, stressing the importance of carrot, sticks, and the combined efforts of the world community." Foreign Affairs

    "The authors' spiral model provides a substantial contribution to the study of human rights norms and practices..." Gerald Pace, Global Justice

    "^UThe Power of Human Rights effectively melds group construction and testing, using interesting case studies by a group of younger specialists." Choice

    "The Power of Human Rights is a sophisticated and important book....the most complete and thought-provoking theory of political behavior in relation to human rights." American Political Science Review

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    Product details

    • 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, Freie Universität Berlin

    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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