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    Human rights narrative in the George W. Bush administrations

    Hancock, Jan (2011) Human rights narrative in the George W. Bush administrations. Review of International Studies 37 (2), pp. 805-823. ISSN 0260-2105.

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    This article examines the human rights claims made by the George W. Bush Administrations of their post 9/11 foreign and security policy. Two common scholastic explanations of this narrative are evaluated: (i) that human rights constitute, at least in part, independent foreign policy goals and; (ii) that the human rights claims of policymakers can be dismissed as hypocritical rhetoric. The article informs and progresses this debate by revisiting the works of the early twentieth century political culture theorists Gabriel Almond, Graham Wallas and Edward Bernays. The article details the consistent use of a human rights narrative by administration officials as a technique of political discipline. The article identifies five linguistic mechanisms through which this technique of discipline was made manifest in practice. The article thereby explains how a human rights narrative was employed as an instrument to inculcate, rather than describe, reality.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 14:40
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20


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