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Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155357.001.0001

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The Status Quo

The Status Quo

(p.138) 8 The Status Quo
Making Human Rights a Reality

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the status quo—the punishments and rewards used by steward states as part of their foreign policy to advance human rights today. Although they are not the only stewards, the chapter focuses on the United States and the European Union and the ways that they already use their political authority, resources, and reach for human rights promotion. The limits of punishments, such as military intervention and nonmilitary punishments, and rewards are discussed, along with two important lessons about how stewards can be more effective: one concerns localization, and the other is about setting priorities. The chapter argues that a more strategic use of state power has enormous potential to enhance the effectiveness of stewardship.

Keywords:   punishment, rewards, steward states, foreign policy, human rights, human rights promotion, military intervention, localization, state power, stewardship

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