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Alison Brysk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381573.001.0001

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Coalitions of the Caring: Interstate Networks for Human Rights

Coalitions of the Caring: Interstate Networks for Human Rights

(p.197) 9 Coalitions of the Caring: Interstate Networks for Human Rights
Global Good Samaritans

Alison Brysk

Oxford University Press

The congeries of regional, functional, purposive, and intergovernmental organizations are building the international human rights regime in an incremental fashion, although they do not constitute a stable, separate regime in themselves. As organization theorists characterize levels of cooperation, some of these institutions merely create a common framework for information exchange and monitoring (IDEA). In terms of the humanitarian motive for interstate cooperation, the collection of value promoters spread norms vertically through layers of global governance as well as horizontally across issue areas. Although there is little evidence that they mobilize new resources, they coordinate and multiply existing finance, expertise, and occasional diplomacy. Coalitions of the caring can help to mobilize the international human rights regime as a whole, and more commonly build preventative capacity for democratization and citizen empowerment.

Keywords:   United Nations, NGO, human security, interstate cooperation, human rights

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