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Acculturation and the acceptance of the Genocide Convention

Smith, Karen E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2651-7193 (2013) Acculturation and the acceptance of the Genocide Convention. Cooperation and Conflict, 48 (3). pp. 358-377. ISSN 0010-8367

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0010836713482451


This article contributes to the burgeoning literature on why states ratify human rights treaties. It first analyses why Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States did not initially ratify or accede to the 1948 Genocide Convention, and then explores why the three countries eventually did accept it, 20–40 years after it was approved by the United Nations General Assembly. The extent to which material costs and benefits, the logic of appropriateness, and acculturation played a role in each of the three cases is assessed. Acculturation is particularly evident in the Irish case, but it also helps to explain the UK and US acceptance of the Convention.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 08:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:34

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