Examining Torture

Empirical Studies of State Repression

  • Tracy Lightcap
  • James P. Pfiffner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tracy Lightcap, James P. Pfiffner
    Pages 1-9
  3. Peter Miller, Paul Gronke, Darius Rejali
    Pages 11-41
  4. James P. Pfiffner
    Pages 103-125
  5. James P. Pfiffner
    Pages 127-157
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


The United States' use of torture and harsh interrogation techniques during the "War on Terror" has sparked fervent debate among citizens and scholars surrounding the human rights of war criminals. Does all force qualify as "necessary and appropriate" in this period of political unrest? Examining Torture brings together some of the best recent scholarship on the incidence of torture in a comparative and international context. The contributors to this volume use both quantitative and qualitative studies to examine the causes and consequences of torture policies and the resulting public opinion. Policy makers as well as scholars and those concerned with human rights will find this collection invaluable.


government policy reform

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracy Lightcap
    • 1
  • James P. Pfiffner
    • 2
  1. 1.LaGrange CollegeUSA
  2. 2.School of Public PolicyGeorge Mason UniversityUSA

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