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American Exceptionalism and Human Rights
     

American Exceptionalism and Human Rights

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by Michael Ignatieff
 

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ISBN-10: 0691116482

ISBN-13: 9780691116488

Pub. Date: 06/20/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

With the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, the most controversial question in world politics fast became whether the United States stands within the order of international law or outside it. Does America still play by the rules it helped create? American Exceptionalism and Human Rights addresses this question as it applies to U.S. behavior in

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With the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, the most controversial question in world politics fast became whether the United States stands within the order of international law or outside it. Does America still play by the rules it helped create? American Exceptionalism and Human Rights addresses this question as it applies to U.S. behavior in relation to international human rights. With essays by eleven leading experts in such fields as international relations and international law, it seeks to show and explain how America's approach to human rights differs from that of most other Western nations.

In his introduction, Michael Ignatieff identifies three main types of exceptionalism: exemptionalism (supporting treaties as long as Americans are exempt from them); double standards (criticizing "others for not heeding the findings of international human rights bodies, but ignoring what these bodies say of the United States); and legal isolationism (the tendency of American judges to ignore other jurisdictions). The contributors use Ignatieff's essay as a jumping-off point to discuss specific types of exceptionalism—America's approach to capital punishment and to free speech, for example—or to explore the social, cultural, and institutional roots of exceptionalism.

These essays—most of which appear in print here for the first time, and all of which have been revised or updated since being presented in a year-long lecture series on American exceptionalism at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government—are by Stanley Hoffmann, Paul Kahn, Harold Koh, Frank Michelman, Andrew Moravcsik, John Ruggie, Frederick Schauer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carol Steiker, and Cass Sunstein.

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ISBN-13:
9780691116488
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2005
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: American Exceptionalism and Human Rights by Michael Ignatieff 1
PART I. THE VARIETIES OF EXCEPTIONALISM 27
Chapter 2. The Exceptional First Amendment by Frederick Schauer29
Chapter 3. Capital Punishment and American Exceptionalism by Carol S. Steiker 57
Chapter 4. Why Does the American Constitution Lack Social and Economic Guarantees? By Cass R. Sunstein 90
Chapter 5. America’s Jekyll-and-Hyde Exceptionalism by Harold Hongju Koh 111
PART II. EXPLAINING EXCEPTIONALISM 145
Chapter 6. The Paradox of U.S.Human Rights Policy by Andrew Moravcsik 147
Chapter 7. American Exceptionalism, Popular Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law by Paul W. Kahn 198
PART III. EVALUATING EXCEPTIONALISM 223
Chapter 8. American Exceptionalism: The New Version by Stanley Hoffmann 225
Chapter 9. Integrity-Anxiety? by Frank I. Michelman 241
Chapter 10. A Brave New Judicial World by Anne-Marie Slaughter 277
Chapter 11. American Exceptionalism, Exemptionalism, and Global Governance by John Gerard Ruggie 304
Contributors 339
Index 341

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