The Helsinki Effect: International Norms, Human Rights, and the Demise of Communism / Edition 1

The Helsinki Effect: International Norms, Human Rights, and the Demise of Communism / Edition 1

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by Daniel C. Thomas
     
 

"Thomas has done a great job showing how the Helsinki human rights norms mattered. . . . The writing is excellent. The story is compelling."—Stephen D. Krasner, Stanford University

"The Helsinki Effect offers a very well written and accessible account of some of the most important historical events of our age, and a powerful argument about the

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"Thomas has done a great job showing how the Helsinki human rights norms mattered. . . . The writing is excellent. The story is compelling."—Stephen D. Krasner, Stanford University

"The Helsinki Effect offers a very well written and accessible account of some of the most important historical events of our age, and a powerful argument about the role of Helsinki norms. This book will attract a wide readership in political science but will also appeal to audiences in history and sociology who are interested in social movements."—Martha Finnemore, George Washington University

"This book represents a major contribution to debates on the origins and effects of international norms. It argues that international norms can affect outcomes by transforming relations between state and societal actors. Above all, Thomas demonstrates in great detail and most convincingly how the Helsinki human rights norm contributed to the collapse of Communism and the end of the Cold War in Europe. Required reading for anybody interested in these themes!"—Thomas Risse, European University Institute

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048598
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,362,658
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.78(d)

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Table of Contents


The International Politics of Human Rights 3

THE EVOLUTION OF NORMS 25

Chapter One: The Emergence of Human Rights Norms in East-West Relations 27

Chapter Two: Negotiating Human Rights in the Helsinki Final Act 55

THE FRAMING OF NORMS 89

Chapter Three: Framing "Helsinki" at Home: Social Movements against the Communist Party-state 91

Chapter Four: Framing "Helsinki" Abroad: Transnational Networks and U.S . Policy 121

THE EFFECT OF NORMS 157

Chapter Five: Mobilization: The Expansion of Human Rights Movements 159

Chapter Six: Backlash: Communism's Response to Human Rights 195

Chapter Seven: Socialization: Human Rights and the Dismantling of Communist Rule 220

Conclusions 253

The Helsinki Effect 257

Appendix: Interviews 289

Index 295

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