Human Rights and Comparative Politics

Bouandel, Youcef (1993) Human Rights and Comparative Politics. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The study of human rights and democracy has received a great deal of attention over recent decades. The concepts involved are still poorly understood, although there is a broad measure of agreement that they should be associated with such classic freedoms as freedom of expression and association; and there has been still less agreement about the attempts that have been made to measure democracy or human rights on a broadly cross-national basis. After a preliminary discussion, the dissertation seeks to answer the following questions: (i) Can human rights be measured? (ii) Still more so, can they be measured on a cross-national basis? (iii) Can countries be ranked on the basis of their human rights performance? (iv) What variables might be employed in a comparative analysis of this kind? (v) Is there agreement about the ranking of countries that emerges from inquiries of this kind? The dissertation examines these questions in a variety of settings and seeks, in conclusion, to establish their value within the context of comparative politics.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Stephen L White
Keywords: Political science
Date of Award: 1993
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1993-75713
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 09:15

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