Originally published in 2004. This excellent volume presents a systematic analysis of various human rights violations around the globe, focusing on security and subsistence rights. The book collects important contributions to the theoretical development of the human rights phenomenon, covering a wide range of human rights issues and research approaches. The research presented combines a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches and brings together both theoretical and empirical work. It places particular emphasis on making the advanced statistical methods that are used to test the arguments accessible to a wider readership. Understanding Human Rights Violations will prove a useful tool for all in the fields of international human rights, peace studies, political violence and international law, and offers a valuable introduction into the literature on human rights violations.
Table of Contents
Contents: Human Rights Research and the Quest for Dignity: Human rights research and the quest for human dignity, Sabine C. Carey and Steven C. Poe; The decision to repress: an integrative theoretical approach to the research on human rights and repression, Steven C. Poe. Foreign Policy Analysis: Aiding or abetting: British foreign aid decisions and recipient country human rights, Bethany Barratt; Security at what cost? Arms transfers to the developing world and human rights, Dawn Miller. Development and Trade: The path from trade to human rights: the democracy and development detour, Rhonda L. Callaway and Julie Harrelson-Stephens; Providing subsistence rights: do States make a difference?, Wesley T. Milner, David Leblang, Steven C. Poe and Kara Smith; Human rights ans structural adjustment: the importance of selection, M. Rodwan Abouharb and David L. Cingranelli. Legal and Institutional Determinants of Human Rights: Crimes and punishments: how the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia distinguishes among massive human rights violations, James D. Meernik and Kimi L. King; National constitutions and human rights protection: regional differences and colonial influences, Linda Camp Keith. New Directions in the Research on Human Rights Violations: Ethnicity and repression: the ethnic composition of countries and human rights violations, Chris Lee, Ronny Lindström, Will H. Moore and Kürsad Turan; Domestic threat and repression: an analysis of state responses to different forms of dissent, Sabine C. Carey; How organizations shape human rights violations, Pablo Policzer; What transforms ordinary people into gross human rights violators?, Alette Smeulers. Conclusion: The quest for human dignity: the journey continues, Sabine C. Carey and Steven C. Poe; Index.
Sabine C. Carey is lecturer at the School of Politics, University of Nottingham. Her research concentrates on life integrity violations, dissent, intrastate conflict and the role of political institutions in conflict situations. Previous work include studies evaluating European foreign aid and the impact of regime transition on human rights violations and has appeared in Journal of Peace Research, European Union Politics, Democratization and Human Rights Quarterly. Steven C. Poe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Undergraduate Peace Studies Program at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. He formerly taught at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His research on human rights related issues has been published in numerous scholarly anthologies and journals. He is on the Editorial Review Board of Human Rights Quarterly, and he recently began a five-year term as Chief Editor of International Studies Quarterly.