The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.

Human Rights

Human rights


The analysis of the relationship between the state and citizen has a long tradition in comparative politics dating back to Aristotle's evaluation of ‘good’ and ‘corrupt’ forms of government and has included many strands of research within the field, including constitutions and political institutions; political behaviour, choice, and agency; and subjective experiences, cultural orientations, and perceptions of the good life under different forms of government. Human rights, in their modern manifestation, are a collection of individual and group rights that establish certain entitlements for rights holders and corresponding legal obligations for duty bearers to uphold those rights, while the relationship between rights holders and duty bearers is meant to be one of constraint, tolerance, accountability, and respect. While human rights and the ...

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