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34 Hum. Rts. Q. 199 (2012)
Makers and Shapers: Human Rights INGOs and Public Opinion

handle is hein.journals/hurq34 and id is 205 raw text is: HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY
Makers and Shapers: Human Rights
INGOs and Public Opinion
David R. Davis*, Amanda Murdie**, & Coty Garnett
Steinmetz***
ABSTRACT
Do human rights international nongovernmental organizations (HROs)
impact public opinion? This article argues that HROs provide information
to citizens in repressive regimes about their government's human rights
practices. Without this information, worsening governmental abuse of hu-
man rights alone will not lead to fewer people believing their government
respects human rights. With increased HRO shaming of the state, however,
* David R. Davis is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Institute
of Human Rights at Emory University. He received his B.A. (1985) University of Maryland,
Ph.D. (1992) University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests include international
relations, domestic politics and international conflict, political violence and ethnic conflict,
defense economics, and the political economy of development. Teaching interests: interna-
tional relations, human rights, political violence, research methods. Current research projects
include; the durable resolution of ethnic conflict, democratization and ethnic conflict, crisis
escalation and domestic-international conflict linkages. He has published widely on the
topics of political violence and international relations.
** Amanda Murdie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University.
She also teaches in the graduate program in Security Studies at Kansas State University. She
received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in May 2009. She earned her
B.S. and her M.A. in Political Science from Kansas State University. Murdie's research focuses
on non-governmental actors, human rights, and conflict processes and management. Her
work has appeared in Human Rights Quarterly and Journal of Conflict Resolution. She is
working on a book manuscript on the conditional effectiveness of INGOs in human rights
and development. Her teaching interests include international organizations, conflict, and
quantitative and formal research methods.
*** Coty Garnett Steinmetz is a Master of Arts student in political science at Kansas State
University. Her research is on environmental protection and demographics.
A draft of this article was presented at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association
Conference, April 22-25. We thank Sam Bell, Tavishi Bhasin, Avery Murdie, Rob O'Reilly,
and Jeff Pickering for their assistance with this project.
Human Rights Quarterly 34 (2012) 199-224 O0 2012 by The Johns Hopkins University Press

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