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Economic and Political Explanations of Human Rights Violations

Citation: World Politics, 1988, 40, 4, 476-498

This research note aims to measure human rights conditions cross nationally and to account for variations in these conditions. The measure conceptualizes human rights along two dimensions: the imprisonment of political dissidents, and the killing and torture of prisoners. The authors apply these measures to 122 countries and attempt to account for variations in terms of several well-known economic and political hypotheses.

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