The Legitimacy of American Human Rights Conduct in the War on Terror

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dc.contributor.advisor Wheeler, Nicholas
dc.contributor.advisor Priest, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Keating, Vincent Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T08:58:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T08:58:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7014
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the effect American human rights conduct during the war on terror had on three international human rights norms: torture, habeas corpus, and rendition for the purposes of torture. It does so by analysing a large-n sample of public legitimation strategies of both the United States and other members of international society during the administration of President George W. Bush. The thesis asks three questions: First, has the defection of the United States from these human rights norms led to a ―norm cascade‖ that delegitimized the norms? Second, did the United States run an exemptionalist argument for each, and was this successful? Third, did the material preponderance of the United States help it to legitimate its preferences in international society? The thesis argues that the United States was unsuccessful at overtly legitimating its preferences in the habeas corpus case study. In the torture case study the United States had some early success using a strategy of norm justification, but most international legitimation strategies were subsequently abandoned. It was relatively successful in the rendition case study where it pursued very few legitimation strategies, relying instead on secrecy and denial. Furthermore, there is no overt evidence that the United States either attempted or was successful in an exemptionalist strategy, though some of the conduct by the United States and other members of international society might imply that a covert strategy was in effect. Lastly, though the material preponderance of the United States allowed it to absorb the costs associated with its illegitimate behaviour, there was no evidence that it was useful in transforming international human rights norms. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en_UK
dc.title The Legitimacy of American Human Rights Conduct in the War on Terror en_UK
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department International Politics en_UK
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en_UK
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_UK
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en


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