Publications by Year: 2008

La cascada de justicia y el impacto de los juicios de derechos humanos en America Latina
Sikkink, Kathryn, and Carrie Booth Walling. 2008. “La cascada de justicia y el impacto de los juicios de derechos humanos en America Latina.” Cuadernos del CLAEH 96-97: 15-40.
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Bush Administration Noncompliance with the Prohibition on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment
Sikkink, Kathryn, Catherine Albisa, and Martha F. Davis. 2008. “Bush Administration Noncompliance with the Prohibition on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment.” Bring Human Rights Home: From Civil Rights to Human Rights, edited by Cynthia Soohoo, 2: 187–208. Westport, CT: Praeger Publisher. Publisher's Version
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Sikkink, Kathryn. 2008. “From Pariah State to Global Protagonist: Argentina and the Struggle for International Human Rights.” Latin American Politics and Society 50 (1): 1–29. Publisher's Version Abstract
Democratizing states began in the 1980s to hold individuals, including past heads of state, accountable for human rights violations. The 1984 Argentine truth commission report (Nunca Más) and the 1985 trials of the juntas helped to initiate this trend. Argentina also developed other justice-seeking mechanisms, including the first groups of mothers and grandmothers of the disappeared, the first human rights forensic anthropology team, and the first truth trials. Argentines helped to define the very term forced disappearance and to develop regional and international instruments to end the practice. Argentina thus illustrates the potential for global human rights protagonism and diffusion of ideas from a country outside the wealthy North. This article surveys Argentina's innovations and proposes possible explanations, drawing on theoretical studies from transitional justice, social movements, and norms cascades in international relations.
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Sikkink, Kathryn. 2008. “The Role of Consequences, Comparison and Counterfactuals in Constructivist Ethical Thought.” Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics, edited by Richard M. Price, 83–111. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Publisher's Version
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Sikkink, Kathryn. 2008. “From International Relations to Global Society.” The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, edited by Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal, 62–83. New York: Oxford University Press. Publisher's Version Abstract
Historically speaking, the study of international relations has largely concerned the study of states and the effects of anarchy on their foreign policies, the patterns of their interactions, and the organization of world politics. However, over the last several decades, the discipline as begun moving away from the study of ‘international relations’ and toward the study of ‘global society’. This shift from ‘international relations’ to ‘global society’ is reflective of several important developments that are the focus of this article. The article begins with a discussion of the anarchy thematic and what John Agnew (1994) has called ‘the territorial trap’, and surveys some of the critical forces that compelled international relations scholars to free themselves from this trap. It then explores the shifts in the what, who, how, and why of the study of international relations. It considers the terminological shift from the study of international governance to the study of global governance, justified because the purposes of global governance no longer reflect solely the interests of states but now also include other actors, including international organizations, transnational corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and new kinds of networks.