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Diffusion across political systems: The global spread of national human rights institutions

Pegram, T; (2010) Diffusion across political systems: The global spread of national human rights institutions. Human Rights Quarterly , 32 (3) pp. 729-760. 10.1353/hrq.2010.0005. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the proliferation of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and seeks to explain the drivers of this institutional innovation across contrasting political regimes. This article suggests that the NHRI phenomenon can be attributed to increasingly sophisticated international organizational platforms and three distinct, but complementary, mechanisms of diffusion: (1) coercion, (2) acculturation, and (3) persuasion. The article argues that a powerful international process of diffusion is at work and NHRIs are no longer the exclusive preserve of liberal democratic regimes. Instead NHRIs have diffused to a wide range of political systems, subjecting these human rights institutions to new and often competing demands and expectations.

Type: Article
Title: Diffusion across political systems: The global spread of national human rights institutions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/hrq.2010.0005
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2010.0005
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2010 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Human Rights Quarterly 32:3 (2010), 729-760. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1404027
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