Wikibooks: Introduction to Sociology/Human Rights.


Recent research suggests that one key element in predicting societal instability is a "democracy gap." In countries where the populace have expectations for higher levels of political freedoms than they actually have there are greater odds of revolutions and riots like those that began in the in 2010. Sheafer Tamir and Shaul Shenhav. 2013. “Political Culture Congruence and Political Stability Revisiting the Congruence Hypothesis with Prospect Theory.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 57(2) 232–57. This suggests a growing awareness of human rights and political freedoms around the world including in authoritarian and dictatorial countrie [...]