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The location of international practices: what is human rights practice?

Karp, D.J. (2013) The location of international practices: what is human rights practice? Review of International Studies . ISSN 0260-2105 (doi:10.1017/S0260210512000332) (In Press)

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Abstract

This article presents and critically assesses four methods that can be used to determine who and/or what counts as a part of any international practice: the agreement method, which locates a practice by referring to speech acts that define it; the contextual method, which locates a practice by referring to the actions, meanings and intentions of practitioners; the value method, which locates a practice by identifying a value or principle that the practice reflects or instantiates; and the purpose method, which locates a practice by constructing an account of the socio-political reason(s) for a practice's existence. The purpose method, based on Rawls' constructivism, is developed and applied, in order to challenge statecentrism about the purpose of human rights practice.

Item Type:Article
Status:In Press
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Karp, Dr David Jason
Authors: Karp, D.J.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Review of International Studies
ISSN:0260-2105
Published Online:11 December 2012

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