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Human Rights in Democracies

By Peter Haschke

Routledge

202 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Violations of the right to the physical integrity of the person, such as torture, cruel and unusual punishment, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, and political imprisonment have long been treated as an anomaly in democratically governed societies. In the current literature on human rights, violations of this right are by-and-large seen as the hallmark of autocratic and repressive regimes.

This study takes on this dominant paradigm and shows not only that the common assumption that democratic countries effectively limit human rights abuse is simply wrong, but that its widely accepted theory of what drives human rights violations accounts for only a small part of these abuses at best. Haschke shows that despite the increasing numbers of countries that are democracies, and despite growing numbers of national signatories to international treaties prohibiting human rights abuse, the number of allegations has not declined. This book also demonstrates that the bulk of this abuse, which takes the form of torture and ill-treatment, extra-judicial killings, rape, and the like, is committed against marginal members of society, seeming to reveal environments that enable agents of the state to abuse those with whom they are in contact. This violence is found in democracies and dictatorships alike.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, human rights and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. The Not-So-Peaceful Domestic Democratic Peace

2. Approaches to the Study of Physical Integrity Rights Violations

3. The Domestic Democratic Peace: A First Cut

4. The Standard Repression Model: A Second Cut

5. A First Principle: Contact

6. Discriminating Among the Alternatives

7. Political and Non-Political Violations

8. Mechanisms of Non-Repressive Violations

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Peter Haschke is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Rights

The Routledge Human Rights series publishes high quality and cross-disciplinary scholarship on topics of key importance in human rights today. In a world where human rights are both celebrated and contested, this series is committed to create stronger links between disciplines and explore new methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research. Aimed towards both scholars and human rights professionals, the series strives to provide both critical analysis and policy-oriented research in an accessible form. The series welcomes work on specific human rights issues as well as on cross-cutting themes and institutional perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy