By Celeste L. Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms humans around the world, yet now not 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 no longer. particularly powerless teams like redress claimants rely on aid from political elites, lively teams in society, the media, specialists, attorneys, and the public to catch democratic policymakers' awareness and sway their judgements. targeting while and the way such third-party aid issues, Arrington reveals that elite allies may possibly increase information concerning the sufferers’ reason or sponsor specified laws, yet their actions additionally are inclined to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. in contrast, claimants who achieve elite allies in simple terms after the tough and possibly dicy strategy of mobilizing societal help are likely to in attaining extra redress, which could comprise reputable inquiries, apologies, reimbursement, and structural reforms.
Arrington attracts on her large fieldwork to demonstrate those dynamics via comparisons of the parallel eastern and South Korean routine of sufferers of harsh leprosy regulate regulations, blood items tainted by means of hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her publication thereby highlights how voters in Northeast Asia—a zone grappling with how you can handle Japan’s earlier wrongs—are leveraging related approaches to carry their very own governments answerable for newer harms. Accidental Activists additionally unearths the turning out to be energy of litigation to advertise coverage switch and bigger responsibility from selection makers.
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