Transmitting Rights: International Organizations and the Diffusion of Human Rights Practices

Paperback | December 15, 2015

byBrian Greenhill

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When considering the structures that drive the global diffusion of human rights norms, Brian Greenhill argues that we need to look beyond institutions that are explicitly committed to human rights and instead focus on the dense web of international government organizations (IGOs)-some big,some small; some focused on human rights; some not-that has arisen in the last two generations. While most of these organizations have no direct connection to human rights issues, their participation in broader IGO networks has important implications for the human rights practices of their memberstates. Featuring a rigorous empirical analysis, Transmitting Rights shows that countries tend to adopt similar human rights practices to those of their IGO partners, whether for better or worse. Greenhill argues that IGOs constitute a tightly-woven fabric of ties between states and that this networkprovides an important channel through which states can influence the behavior of others. Indeed, his analysis suggests that a policy of isolating "rogue" states is probably self-defeating given that this will reduce their exposure to some of the more positive IGO-based influences on their humanrights. Greenhill's analysis of the role of IGOs in rights diffusion will not only increase our understanding of the international politics of human rights; it will also reshape how we think about the role of international institutions in world politics.

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When considering the structures that drive the global diffusion of human rights norms, Brian Greenhill argues that we need to look beyond institutions that are explicitly committed to human rights and instead focus on the dense web of international government organizations (IGOs)-some big,some small; some focused on human rights; some ...

Brian Greenhill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His primary research interest is in the effects that economic globalization and the continuing development of international institutions have on the development of human rights practices. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on human rights, glob...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of TablesList of Figures1. Introduction1.1 Globalization and Human Rights1.2 IGOs: Some Background1.3 IGOs as Norm Transmitters1.4 Empirical Strategy (and plan for the book)2. Networks of Influence2.1 Stage 1: Establishing the human rights culture of the IGO2.2 Stage 2: Defining the IGO context of the state2.3 Stage 3: Internalizing the Norms2.4 Next steps: Collecting evidence of diffusion3. Demonstrating Diffusion3.1 Introduction3.2 The Data3.3 Results3.4 A Detailed Drill-Down3.5 Taking Stock4. State and IGO Characteristics4.1 Shaping the Human Rights Culture4.2 IGO Characteristics4.3 Receiver Effects4.4 Discussion5. Gay Rights and Women's Rights5.1 Variation among Rights5.2 Data and Methods5.3 Results5.4 Discussion6. Cause or Effect?6.1 Introduction6.2 IGOs and human rights conditions6.3 Methods6.4 Results6.5 Discussion7. Conclusions7.1 Lessons Learned7.2 Implications for IR TheoryA Methods AppendixA.1 Diffusion SimulationsA.2 Cross-Validation

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"Very few scholars can pull off the high-wire act that Brian Greenhill exhibits so gracefully in his latest work. Nothing could be more important than the fulfillment of human rights and very little more mystifying than the veritable alphabet soup of international organizations in existencetoday. Greenhill shows that that these 'clubs' have absorbed and diffused a human rights norm that profoundly shapes the behavior of their member states. Along the way, we are drawn into the nuances of everything from Bahrain's decision making to the enforcement of gay rights. It's a masterfulstudy and a must-read for human rights' scholars, or anyone with the least bit of intellectual curiosity." --Zachary Elkins, University of Texas-Austin