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

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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. 14 black-and-white illustrations

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  1. James T. Ranney
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    Wonderful book., November 21, 2011
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    This review is from: The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (The Norton Series in World Politics) (Hardcover)

    This is a great book, consisting primarily of 1) a terrific history of the growth of prosecutions for violations of human rights (at all levels, national, foreign, and international) and 2) incredible statistical analyses of same, drawing certain conclusions as to their efficacy.
    What I liked best was 1) her ability to bring greater clarity to the whole area, and 2) her ability to trace out what I would call “causality” issues (what accounts for the growth of these institutions, etc.).
    A GREAT book, vastly informed by the author’s personal experiences (especially her years in Argentina) and her personal contacts with many of the key players in this field.

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  2. Vainer Violeta "violeta"
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    enlightening, May 26, 2012
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    Vainer Violeta “violeta” (argenitna) –
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    this is an indepethd overview of an esncial issue in the way people who are in power excesric it, showing the pahe justtice for human rights evolved around the world
    for ands against arguments are exposed, and the author explains how her conlusion about how trials and truth comissions help the deterrance of human rights violations around the world, and the role they play in contemporary democracies
    thank you katryne,
    form argentina

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