April 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

securing rights

International Studies Quarterly‘s March issue includes an insightful article on advocacy effectiveness, human rights policy, and “naming and shaming.” The authors, Amanda Murdie and David Davis, assess a new dataset on advocacy effectiveness, noting the contextualized impact of “naming and shaming” practices by human rights organization, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Murdie and Davis’ findings are largely intuitive–mobilization works, so long as enabling conditions increase the target’s vulnerability. The authors provide an important assessment of the contextual foundations for impact-oriented human rights activity:

First, we introduce a new data set of HRO [human rights organization] naming and shaming by third-party actors that cite HROs. By doing so, we highlight the value of using events data to study non-state actors. This data set does not rely on the workings of one HRO but instead utilizes an existing events data framework to examine how multiple HROs are theoretically argued…

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