Human Rights and Democracy The Precarious Triumph of Ideals

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-21
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The 20th century has been described as the bloodiest in human history, but it was also the century in which people around the world embraced ideas of democracy and human rights as never before. They constructed social, political and legal institutions seeking to contain human behaviour, ensuring that by the turn of the 21st century more countries were democratic than non-democratic and the protection of human rights had been extended far beyond the expectations of the creators of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Todd Landman offers an optimistic, yet cautionary tale of these developments, drawing on the literature from politics, international relations and international law. He celebrates the global turn from tyranny and violence towards democracy and rights but he also warns of the precariousness of these achievements in the face of democratic setbacks and the undermining of rights commitments by many countries during the so-called 'War on Terror'. The book is illustrated with very useful 'briefing boxes' of successes and setbacks, as well as graphs, tables and charts.

Author Biography

Todd Landman is Professor of Government and Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex, UK.

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