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Human Rights Review

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 131–155 | Cite as

Foreign Policy and Human Rights Advocacy: An Exercise in Measurement and Explanation

  • Federico MerkeEmail author
  • Gino Pauselli
Article

Abstract

This article addresses three questions: How can we define and measure what constitutes a foreign policy in human rights? How is it possible to explain both the activism of a state and its ideological orientation in the international promotion of human rights? What is the empirical evidence found when we try to answer these questions in intermediate states? Research done on four cases (Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Africa) suggests a correlation between domestic efforts in the promotion of human rights and international advocacy. It also shows that the greater the power of intermediate states, the greater their activism in human rights. Further, as development grows states show less support for economic, social and cultural rights. Last, the strategic relation with the USA shapes how states vote regarding human rights violators states.

Keywords

Foreign policy Human rights advocacy Democracy Development Civil society Power 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de San AndrésVictoriaArgentina

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