The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (The Norton Series in World Politics)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 26, 2011 - Political Science - 352 pages

Acclaimed scholar Kathryn Sikkink examines the important and controversial new trend of holding political leaders criminally accountable for human rights violations.

Grawemeyer Award winner Kathryn Sikkink offers a landmark argument for human rights prosecutions as a powerful political tool. She shows how, in just three decades, state leaders in Latin America, Europe, and Africa have lost their immunity from any accountability for their human rights violations, becoming the subjects of highly publicized trials resulting in severe consequences. This shift is affecting the behavior of political leaders worldwide and may change the face of global politics as we know it.

Drawing on extensive research and illuminating personal experience, Sikkink reveals how the stunning emergence of human rights prosecutions has come about; what effect it has had on democracy, conflict, and repression; and what it means for leaders and citizens everywhere, from Uruguay to the United States. The Justice Cascade is a vital read for anyone interested in the future of world politics and human rights.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Human Rights Trials in Southern
31
From Pariah State to Global Protagonist
60
How and why does the Argentine experience spread?
87
The Streams of the Justice Cascade
96
The Effects of Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America 129 Global Deterrence and Human Rights Prosecutions
162
Is the United States Immune to the Justice Cascade?
189
Policy Theory and the Justice Cascade
225
Acknowledgments
263
Notes
279
Bibliography
307
Index
323
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Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor and the McKnight Presidential Chair of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is the cowinner of the 2000 Grawemeyer Award for "Ideas Improving World Order" and lives in Minneapolis.

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