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The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking

Anne T. Gallagher and Janie Chuang

in Governance by Indicators

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658244
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.003.0013
The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking

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This chapter explores the main efforts to produce compliance-focused indicators that can help improve international treaties against human trafficking. It shows that the power held by the US State Department (the organization that tried to pursue such indicators) is used unilaterally, and that this unilateralism can overcome a collective action problem. It then examines other functions of unilateralism, and shows that the indicators for human trafficking created by the US State Department are produced using criteria set by the US legislation.

Keywords: compliance-focused indicators; international treaties; human trafficking; US State Department; unilateralism; collective action problem; US legislation

Chapter.  13878 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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