Human Rights and Democracy

Human Rights and Democracy

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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'.The parallel storiesof democracy and human rights are certainly intriguing on their own, butthis book is also concerned with the ... that there is a a#39;Venn diagrama#39; of increasing overlap between democracy and human rights depending on the definition of democracy that one adopts. ... Can authoritarian regimes use the power of thestate apparatus and coerciveinstitutions tobring about radical social changeanbsp;...

Title:Human Rights and Democracy
Author:Todd Landman
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-09-26


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