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Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law

Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks


How can the international legal regime encourage states to respect human rights? Given that international law lacks a centralized enforcement mechanism, it is not obvious how this law matters at all—how it might change the behavior or preferences of actors. What is needed is a greater emphasis on the mechanisms of law’s social influence—and the microprocesses that drive each mechanism. Such an emphasis would make clearer the microfoundations of international law. This book argues for a greater specification and a more comprehensive inventory of how international law influences relevant actors ... More

Keywords: international law, human rights, international relations theory, social networks analysis, diffusion, social movements, comparative politics, motivation crowding-out theory, social influence, compliance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199300990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199300990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Goodman, author
New York University

Derek Jinks, author
University of Texas