Political Science

Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

A history of the successes of the human rights movement and a case for why human rights work


Mar 5, 2019
6.13 x 9.25 in.
24 b/w illus. 1 table. 1 map.
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Evidence for Hope makes the case that yes, human rights work. Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy or even a questionable byproduct of Western imperialism. Guantánamo is still open and governments are cracking down on NGOs everywhere. But human rights expert Kathryn Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to doubts about human rights laws and institutions. Past and current trends indicate that in the long term, human rights movements have been vastly effective. Exploring the strategies that have led to real humanitarian gains since the middle of the twentieth century, Evidence for Hope looks at how essential advances can be sustained for decades to come.

Awards and Recognition

  • Honorable Mention for the 2019 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award, Latin American Studies Association