By Celeste L. Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms humans world wide, yet no longer all sufferers are both potent at acquiring redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to appreciate why now not. quite powerless teams like redress claimants rely on help from political elites, lively teams in society, the media, specialists, legal professionals, and the public to trap democratic policymakers' cognizance and sway their judgements. targeting whilst and the way such third-party help issues, Arrington unearths that elite allies could elevate wisdom in regards to the sufferers’ reason or sponsor specific laws, yet their actions additionally are inclined to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. against this, claimants who achieve elite allies simply after the tough and almost certainly dicy technique of mobilizing societal help are inclined to in attaining extra redress, that may contain authentic inquiries, apologies, reimbursement, and structural reforms.
Arrington attracts on her broad fieldwork to demonstrate those dynamics via comparisons of the parallel eastern and South Korean routine of sufferers of harsh leprosy keep an eye on rules, blood items tainted by means of hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her e-book thereby highlights how voters in Northeast Asia—a quarter grappling with the right way to deal with Japan’s earlier wrongs—are leveraging comparable techniques to carry their very own governments responsible for newer harms. Accidental Activists additionally unearths the starting to be energy of litigation to advertise coverage swap and larger responsibility from choice makers.
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