Tuesday, June 18, 2019
In their new book, Contentious Compliance, Professors Courtenay Conrad and Emily Ritter investigate the effect of international human rights treaties on domestic conflict and ultimately find that treaties improve human rights outcomes by altering the structure of conflict between political authorities and potential dissidents.
According to the publisher, the book:
- -- Argues human rights treaties affect rights violations and popular dissent actions like protest,
- -- Uses formal economic models to predict effects, which is rare in studies of either rights violations or international law, and
- -- Offers new findings that: (1)human rights treaties alter government violations for the better; and (2) treaties affect repression and dissent activities