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Torture and States

Title: Torture and States: A Physical Integrity Rights Violation Tradeoff?.
Name(s): Spicer, Margaret, author
Political Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Under what conditions do states torture? While many theories exist to answer this question, I focus on one - the violation of physical integrity rights. There are four types of physical integrity rights: torture, extrajudicial execution, political disappearance, and political imprisonment. In this paper I posit that there is no tradeoff between torture and the other three types of physical integrity rights; that is, when one violation occurs, other violations are NOT less likely to occur. I formulated my hypothesis using the foundations of Powell and Staton"s 2009 article, and I tested the hypothesis by running a bivariate probit regression on a country-year dataset of 113 countries with a temporal domain of 1995 to 2005. The results showed support for my hypothesis, opening up a wide range of implications for policy makers and human rights practitioners.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0039 (IID)
Keywords: Torture, Physical integrity rights, Powell and Stanton, State behavior
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Political Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: March 23, 2011.
Subject(s): Political science
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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