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Overview

In the third edition of his classic work, revised extensively and updated to include recent developments on the international scene, Jack Donnelly explains and defends a richly interdisciplinary account of human rights as universal rights. He shows that any conception of human rights—and the idea of human rights itself—is historically specific and contingent. Since publication of the first edition in 1989, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice has justified Donnelly's claim that "conceptual clarity, the fruit of sound theory, can facilitate action. At the very least it can help to unmask the arguments of dictators and their allies."

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Editorial Reviews

American Political Science Review
Every once in a while a book appears that treats the leading issues of a subject in such a clear and challenging manner that it becomes central to understanding that subject. Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice is just such a book. . . . Donnelly's interpretations are clear and argued with zest.
Foreign Affairs
This wide-ranging book looks at all aspects of human rights, drawing upon political theory, sociology, and international relations as well as international law. . . . [Jack Donnelly] deals successfully with two of the principal challenges to the notion of the universality of human rights: the argument that some non-Western societies are not subject to Western norms, and the claim that economic development may require the sacrifice of some human rights.
Booknews
(unseen), $12.95. Donnelly explicates and defends an account of human rights as universal rights. Considering the competing claims of the universality, particularity, and relativity of human rights, he argues that the historical contingency and particularity of human rights is completely compatible with a conception of human rights as universal moral rights, and thus does not require the acceptance of claims of cultural relativism. The book moves between theoretical argument and historical practice. Rigorous and tightly-reasoned, material and perspectives from many disciplines are incorporated. Paper edition Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Every once in a while a book appears that treats the leading issues of a subject in such a clear and challenging manner that it becomes central to understanding that subject. Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice is just such a book. Donnelly's interpretations are clear and argued with zest."—American Political Science Review (reviewing a previous edition)

"This wide-ranging book looks at all aspects of human rights, drawing on political theory, sociology, and international relations as well as international law."—Foreign Affairs (reviewing a previous edition)

"What Donnelly does better than anyone else is to lay before the reader a coherent conceptual framework for an understanding of international human rights as an operative part of international life. The book remains at the top of any bibliography of indispensable books dealing with human rights."—Human Rights & Human Welfare (reviewing a previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801487767
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Donnelly is Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His other books include International Human Rights and Realism in International Relations.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I Toward a Theory of Universal Human Rights
1 The Concept of Human Rights 7
2 The Universal Declaration Model 22
3 Equal Concern and Respect 38
Pt. II Cultural Relativism and International Human Rights
4 Markets, States, and "The West" 57
5 Non-Western Conceptions of Human Rights 71
6 Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights 89
7 Human Rights and "Asian Values" 107
Pt. III Human Rights and International Action
8 International Human Rights Regimes 127
9 Human Rights and Foreign Policy 155
10 The Priority of National Action 173
Pt. IV Essays on Contemporary Theory and Practice
11 Democracy, Development, and Human Rights 185
12 Group Rights and Human Rights 204
13 Nondiscrimination for All: The Case of Sexual Minorities 225
14 Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention 242
References 261
Index 287
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