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Why democracy doesn’t always improve human rights

Conrad, Courtenay R. (2014) Why democracy doesn’t always improve human rights. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Sep 2014). Website.

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The promotion of democracy has often formed a key component of strategies for improving human rights across the world. Courtenay R. Conrad writes that while this relationship between democracy and human rights is well established, in practice democratic institutions are not always capable of constraining human rights violations and in some cases may even make them worse. She argues that democracy promotion should not be seen as a ‘magic bullet’ for preventing human rights abuses and that more attention should be paid to potential unintended consequences.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 00:19

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