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Beyond Norms and Interests: Understanding Transnational Human Rights Activism
The International Journal of Human Rights (2010)
  • Emily B. Rodio
  • Hans Peter Schmitz, Syracuse University
Abstract

This article explores the evolution of transnational human rights activism since the end of World War II. It argues that the scholarly literature has focused too much attention on how interests and principles drive transnational mobilisation, while neglecting the profound evolutionary changes within the sector itself. In challenging interest-based explanations of human rights activism, we show that human rights groups have shifted from predominantly reactive ‘shaming’ strategies to more proactive efforts designed to address root causes of gross violations.

Keywords
  • international NGOs,
  • advocacy,
  • global civil society
Publication Date
February 2, 2010
Citation Information
Emily B. Rodio and Hans Peter Schmitz. "Beyond Norms and Interests: Understanding Transnational Human Rights Activism" The International Journal of Human Rights Vol. 14 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hans_peter_schmitz/16/