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The Diffusion of Disability Rights in Europe

Vanhala, L; (2015) The Diffusion of Disability Rights in Europe. Human Rights Quarterly , 37 (4) pp. 831-853. 10.1353/hrq.2015.0058. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the spread of disability rights across European countries. Existing theoretical explanations of rights diffusion are unable to account for the pattern of adoption of disability equality norms across Europe over the last twenty years. The article argues top-down explanations need to be complemented by agent-centered approaches to convincingly account for the case of disability rights in Europe. Engagement with social movement theory that takes domestic activists and the meanings they attribute to rights seriously offers a better understanding of how and why we might see the rise of rights in one case and their rejection in another.

Type: Article
Title: The Diffusion of Disability Rights in Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/hrq.2015.0058
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2015.0058
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015 Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Human Rights Quarterly 37:4 (2015), 831-853. 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/1478383
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