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Author Delfeld, Helen J., author
Title Human rights and the hollow state / Helen J. Delfeld
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2014
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  JC571 .D35279 2014    AVAILABLE    30660020134263
Descript x, 123 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Routledge research in human rights ; 6
Routledge research in human rights ; 6
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-115) and index
"Investigates the beliefs about governance that determine that state structures are the most appropriate venue for international human rights actors and activists to operate. Helen Delfeld argues that those beliefs rely on a normative perception of a nation-state, not necessarily applicable to most of the post-colonial world. While most post-colonial states may appear to demonstrate the trappings of modern nation-statehood, these projects are mostly spurred by and benefit an elite class. At the same time, there may be little identification with their government among the grassroots polity. Delfeld focuses on the Philippines as an example of a post-colonial state, using nested case studies to show how people think differently about the state at different scales. Following a two-pronged approach, she investigates key moments of state action or inaction, and then asks people at the grassroots about their perspectives on governance, their engagement with the state, and their views of human rights. Her findings indicate that people at the grassroots rely on alternative forms of governance, often in the form of NGOs, INGOs, local cooperatives, informal networks, or structures that pre-date both colonization and independence. Her research also indicates the possibility that some of the most effective human rights actors do not rely on the state, as demonstrated by comparing locally-generated campaigns aimed at promoting environmental rights with state campaigns that address violence against women"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Human rights
Human rights -- Government policy
Failed states
Non-governmental organizations
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