Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: August 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9780857021083 | Print ISBN: 9781412919760 | Online ISBN: 9780857021083| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 23: 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 development of international and national systems for their protection are relatively new, the fuller notion of rights has a long history in normative political theory The ...