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Transmitting Rights: International Organizations and the Diffusion of Human Rights Practices

Brian Greenhill


This book advances the discussion of the role of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) in international politics by encouraging us to move beyond the relatively narrow—albeit very important—discussions of the efficacy of individual organizations. It offers a more sociological perspective that conceives of IGOs as constituting a tightly woven fabric of ties between states. The central finding to emerge from the empirical chapters is that states’ human rights practices tend to become more similar to those of their fellow IGO member states over time, whether for better or worse. In doing so, it ... More

Keywords: intergovernmental organizations, human rights, diffusion, international norms, IGOs, international institutions, socialization, networks, convergence, acculturation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271633
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190271633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Greenhill, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dartmouth College