Better or Worse? The Effect of Economic Sanctions on Human Rights

  title={Better or Worse? The Effect of Economic Sanctions on Human Rights},
  author={Dursun Peksen},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={59 - 77}
  • Dursun Peksen
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Peace Research
Does economic coercion increase or decrease government respect for human rights in countries targeted with economic sanctions? If economic sanctions weaken the target regime's coercive capacity, human rights violations by the government should be less likely. If, on the contrary, sanctions fail to attenuate the coercive capacity of the target elites and create more economic difficulties and political violence among ordinary citizens, the government will likely commit more human rights… Expand

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