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The IDCR is pleased to announce the publication of its first tranche of Briefing Papers. Developed with the support of the Knowledge Transfer Innovation Fund (KTIF), these short papers provide an overview of key topics related to the work of the IDCR and highlight the expertise of academic staff at the University of Essex as well as partner organisations working with the IDCR.
The selection of papers is now available here:
As part of its joint work with the German Development Institute, the IDCR will take part in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 20-22 June in Bonn, Germany.
The theme of the conference is Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media. IDCR Director Professor Todd Landman will join Dr. Joerg Faust of the German Development Institute on a panel addressing whether autocracy or democracy is better for development.
The full programme is available here:
The Diffusion of Democracy and Human Rights
Dr Bader will be working with colleagues on policy papers relating to the diffusion of democracy and human rights. The Arab Spring has raised to high relief a series of perennial questions about democratization and the spread of ideas about human rights. To this end, the IDCR launched its web portal on the Arab Spring (click HERE) and has a long term project on the political economy of human rights (click HERE), both of which will contribute to the development of these papers.
The key questions these papers seek to address are:
- Does democracy in one country influence regime type in another country?
- Are their regional ‘clusters’ of democratization that can be analysed?
- Does autocracy in one country influence the regime type in another country?
- Does the size and distance from democracies and ‘good’ human rights performers have an impact on other countries?
- How do ‘best practices’ with respect to democracy and the protection of human rights get ‘transmitted’ around the world?
The collaboration between the IDCR and GDI is a welcome development, and the policy papers will be published in the Autumn as joint products of both institutes.