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The Structure of Human Rights DNGOs in the United States, Britain and Germany

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This chapter establishes a conceptual framework for the analysis of the structure of human rights Domestic Non-Government Organisation (DNGOs) in the United States, Britain and Germany, and examines the extent to which those structures might affect their ability to mobilise law in defence of human rights. It also attempts to comment on the main factors that determine which structures DNGOs adopt in practice. The theories of Burstein and Wasby both posit structure as one of the most important variables in the mobilisation of law to defend human rights by organisations. The chapter investigates the claim through examination of the structures of the case studies for clues as to how DNGOs can best be structured to mobilise law in defence of human rights in different situations. It mainly draws upon Organisation Theory and modifies it for the specific purpose of examining the structures of human rights DNGOs.

Keywords: Britain; Burstein theory; Domestic Non-Government Organisation (DNGO); Germany; human rights; Organisation Theory; United States; Wasby theory



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