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The Comparative Politics of Human Rights

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This paper proposes a method for ranking country human rights performance that takes into account the performance of countries on a host of variables that are related to the protection of civil and political rights. The method involves two stages. The first stage employs principal component factor analysis to five different standards-based measures of civil and political rights to extract a single human rights ‘factor score’. This human rights ‘factor score’ is then regressed on a collection of explanatory variables for the protection of civil and political rights and saves the residual as an indicator of the ‘over’ or ‘under’ performance of countries with respect to the protection of those rights. Both the ‘factor score’ and the residual score allow for a comparison of expected and actual human rights performance that leads to alternative rankings that we believe will be interest to scholars and practitioners working in the field of human rights.

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