HRMI Civil and Political Rights Metrics: 2018 Technical Note

Motu Working Paper 18-05 - Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (March 2018)

50 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018

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K Chad Clay

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs

Ryan Bakker

University of Georgia

Anne-Marie Brook

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Daniel Hill

University of Georgia

Amanda Murdie

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs

Date Written: March 27, 2018

Abstract

This paper details a new methodology developed to measure civil and political rights violations in a pilot sample of 13 diverse countries. In doing so, we discuss the problems present in previous attempts to measure civil and political rights cross-nationally and argue that our approach overcomes many of those problems. Using an expert survey that draws on the knowledge of human rights researchers, advocates, lawyers, journalists, and others responsible for directly monitoring the human rights situation in countries worldwide, we present new measures of the intensity and distribution of respect for seven separate areas of civil and political rights and compare those data with existing work. The results demonstrate that our technique for producing data on civil and political rights produces outcomes with strong face validity vis-à-vis existing measures, while providing more and better information than any previous cross-national data collection effort. We aim to extend this approach to most other countries in the world over the coming years.

Keywords: human rights, measurement, international comparisons, data visualisation

JEL Classification: J10, K33, K40, N30, N40

Suggested Citation

Clay, K Chad and Bakker, Ryan and Brook, Anne-Marie and Hill, Daniel and Murdie, Amanda, HRMI Civil and Political Rights Metrics: 2018 Technical Note (March 27, 2018). Motu Working Paper 18-05 - Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (March 2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3164046 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3164046

K Chad Clay

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Ryan Bakker

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Anne-Marie Brook (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
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New Zealand

Daniel Hill

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

Amanda Murdie

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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