Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals
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Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals

By Todd Landman
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Book Description

Combines an overview of the key theoretical models of democracy and human rights with a state-of-the-art survey which reports on trade-offs between achievements, set-backs and challenges in some of the world's 'hotspots'. The 20th century has been described as the bloodiest in human history, but it was also the century in which people around the world embraced ideas of democracy and human rights as never before, constructing social, political and legal institutions seeking to contain human behaviour. Todd Landman offers an optimistic, yet cautionary tale of these developments, drawing on the literature, from politics, international relations and international law. He celebrates the global turn from tyranny and violence towards democracy and rights but also warns of the precariousness of these achievements in the face of democratic setbacks and the undermining of rights commitments by many countries during the so-called ‘War on Terror'.

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Table of Contents
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    • Notes
  • Chapter 2 Abundance and freedom
    • Introduction
    • The correlates of democracy
    • Political actors and political processes
    • Examining the ‘outliers’
    • Summary and implications
    • Notes
  • Chapter 3 Democracy and human rights
    • Introduction
    • ‘Thick’ and ‘thin’ definitions of democracy
    • Human rights: Evolution and protection
    • Human rights: Definition and content
    • Democracy and human rights
    • Summary and implications
    • Notes
  • Chapter 4 Waves and setbacks
    • Introduction
    • Democracy’s journey
    • Democratic setbacks
    • Summary: The fifth wave?
    • Notes
  • Chapter 5 Evidence and explanations
    • Introduction
    • Modernization
    • Macro-historical change
    • Games of transition
    • The making of democracy
    • International dimensions
    • Summary
    • Notes
  • Chapter 6 Agents and advocates
    • Introduction
    • Domestic mobilization
    • International mobilization
    • Summary
    • Notes
  • Chapter 7 Truth and justice
    • Introduction
    • Choice of truth mechanism
    • Mandate and scope of a truth process
    • Methods for uncovering the truth
    • Types of justice and the impact of truth processes
    • Summary
    • Notes
  • Chapter 8 Threats and pitfalls
    • Introduction
    • Conflict
    • Terrorism
    • Economic globalization
    • Climate change
    • Summary
    • Note
  • Chapter 9 Benefits and outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Democracy qua democracy
    • Democratic peace
    • Economic benefits
    • Environmental outcomes
    • Summary
    • Note
  • Chapter 10 Hopes and challenges
    • A tale of three women
    • Abundance and freedom
    • Democracy and human rights
    • Waves and setbacks
    • Evidence and explanations
    • Agents and advocates
    • Truth and justice
    • Threats and pitfalls
    • Benefits and outcomes
    • A precarious triumph
  • References
  • Index
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