The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Governance and Human Rights

Governance and human rights

Governance and Human Rights

Governance is the process of decision-making and implementation. Governance can arise in many different contexts, including corporate governance, international and global governance, multilevel governance, national governance and local governance or through a multi-stakeholder approach. The process refers to the emergence and recognition of principles, norms, rules and procedures that both provide standards of acceptable public behaviour, and that are followed sufficiently to produce behavioural regularities or change (Keohane and Nye, 2000: 12). It thus encompasses political content that is independent of the kind of actor carrying it out (Czempiel and Rosenau, 1992). In some of the earlier studies on governance, Keohane and Nye divided governance into three levels – supranational/international, national and subnational – and ...

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