GOV_298_16 - Why Do Regimes Commit to Human Rights...

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Why Do Regimes Commit to Human Rights Treaties? Human Rights Part 2 – The United Nations Human Rights Conventions INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (Course number GOVT 298, Spring 2010) Instructor: James Raymond Vreeland
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Plan Review last class Badass Wimp Putting them together Mid-term (badass?)
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Central question in today’s class: Why sacrifice sovereignty? A central question throughout the course The logic may depend on political regime
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Last time, the CAT…
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The Puzzle:
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Answers: 1. Regional “norms” or “diffusion” 2. Political cover (the Hathaway Story) Note that in this story, domestic constraints are binding in democracy, not dictatorship, thus the different patterns 1. Domestic institutions Binding under democracy Pressure under dictatorship The divided nature of the multiparty dictatorship causes both pressure for signing the CAT and, ironically, for more torture Unified dictatorships face less pressure – they don’t sign and they don’t have to torture as much
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4. The Badass Story… for dictators Ratifying the CAT signals RESOLVE It commits the dictator to jail if he should ever fall from power So, it signals just how sure he is of staying in power The “wimps” don’t sign
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GOV_298_16 - Why Do Regimes Commit to Human Rights...

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