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The Political Institutions of Rights-Protection

Mark Tushnet

in The Legal Protection of Human Rights

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606078
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606078.003.0014
The Political Institutions of Rights-Protection

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This chapter explores the determinants of a politics that is directed at the specification of rights, including: whether there is parliamentary supremacy or separation of powers, whether the legislation is primarily rights focussed, the access of interest groups to a party political structure, the extent to which parties are coalitions, the strength of the party leaders, whether the members have an independent political base, and whether the leadership of a party is at stake. All the factors are shown to be relevant to the prospect of political parties being engaged in the effective protection of human rights.

Keywords: separation of powers; interest groups; coalitions; political in dependence; political parties; party leadership

Chapter.  7916 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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