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Just ResponsibilityA Human Rights Theory of Global Justice$
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Brooke A. Ackerly

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662936.001.0001

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Just Responsibility and Political Transformation

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Just Responsibility

Brooke A. Ackerly

Oxford University Press

Just responsibility is a transformative human rights politics for taking on the complexities, power inequalities, and social normalization of injustice itself. Just responsibility is a human rights theory of political responsibility in which we understand human rights as enjoyed and shared throughout political community (and human rights entitlements as a tool toward that end), political community as defined by its web of networks, not its boundaries, accountability as a political process of discernment, not a power relation, and leadership as a quality of political community, not of individuals within it. Found within and supported by the principles-in-practice of women’s human rights activists, this grounded normative theory of responsibility guides us in a human rights enhancing way to be accountable leaders in political transformation, taking responsibility for global injustice in a just way.

Keywords:   political transformation, BCWS, NGO, human rights, political responsibility, global justice, political community, global responsibility

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