By Celeste L. Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms humans around the globe, 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. really powerless teams like redress claimants depend upon help from political elites, lively teams in society, the media, specialists, attorneys, and the public to seize democratic policymakers' realization and sway their judgements. concentrating on while and the way such third-party aid issues, Arrington unearths that elite allies may perhaps bring up understanding concerning the sufferers’ reason or sponsor precise laws, yet their actions additionally are inclined to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. against this, claimants who achieve elite allies purely after the tricky and in all likelihood dicy means of mobilizing societal help are inclined to in attaining extra redress, which may contain reliable inquiries, apologies, reimbursement, and structural reforms.
Arrington attracts on her vast fieldwork to demonstrate those dynamics via comparisons of the parallel jap and South Korean events of sufferers of harsh leprosy regulate regulations, blood items tainted through hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her e-book thereby highlights how electorate in Northeast Asia—a quarter grappling with easy methods to handle Japan’s previous wrongs—are leveraging related tactics to carry their very own governments chargeable for newer harms. Accidental Activists additionally finds the transforming into strength of litigation to advertise coverage switch and bigger responsibility from selection makers.
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