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Description - Bait and Switch by Julie A. Mertus

From the very beginning, US human rights foreign policy has been oriented toward domestic national interests, but as Bait and Switch? concludes, there's something remarkably new and threatening about the American-centrism and exceptionalism in US human rights policy and practices today. Although our era is marked by human rights rhetoric, human wrongs continue to be committed with impunity, and the idea of human rights is becoming impoverished. Mertus found there was no evidence, beyond the rhetoric, that human rights are 'embedded' in foreign policy decisions. Our military and foreign policy leaders do not take human rights issues 'for granted', and their rhetorical adherence to human rights principles has, surprisingly, not lead to consistent human rights behaviours. Bait and Switch? shows that, from the Cold War to Kosovo, too many other factors serve to trump human rights and undermine the legitimacy of human rights institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415948500
ISBN-10: 0415948509
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Julie A. Mertus

Julie A. Mertus is a professor of human rights at American University and co-director of the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Program. She has been a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a fellow in human rights at Harvard Law School, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and a Counsel to Human Rights Watch. She is the author of five books, including Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War.

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