The Political Institutions of Rights-Protection
This chapter explores the determinants of a politics that is directed at the specification of rights, including: whether there is parliamentary supremacy or separation of powers, whether the legislation is primarily rights focussed, the access of interest groups to a party political structure, the extent to which parties are coalitions, the strength of the party leaders, whether the members have an independent political base, and whether the leadership of a party is at stake. All the factors are shown to be relevant to the prospect of political parties being engaged in the effective protection of human rights.
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