Beyond Norms and Interests: Understanding the Evolution of Transnational Human Rights Activism
Emily B. Rodio
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Hans Peter Schmitz
Syracuse University - Department of Political Science
September 8, 2011
International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 442-459, 2010
This article explores the evolution of transnational human rights activism since the end of World War II. It argues that the scholarly literature has focused too much attention on how interests and principles drive transnational mobilisation, while neglecting the profound evolutionary changes within the sector itself. In challenging interest-based explanations of human rights activism, we show that human rights groups have shifted from predominantly reactive ‘shaming’ strategies to more proactive efforts designed to address root causes of gross violations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Transnational activism, human rights, norms change, Amnesty InternationalAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 9, 2011 ; Last revised: November 16, 2011
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