Values Priority and Human Rights Policy: A Comparison between China and Western Nations
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At the centre of controversy over human rights policy in China is the disagreement on the relationship between two sets of human rights: civil and political rights on the one hand, and social and economic rights on the other. Much of the debate, however, has been undertaken on theoretical and normative levels. Empirical evidence is needed to advance this debate. Drawing data from a multination survey, this research explores whether Chinese and Westerners differ in their human rights policy preferences. The findings suggest that while social and economic rights have a much broader support base in China than in Western nations, political and civil rights are also important concerns to the Chinese public. Sources and implications of the findings are also discussed.
Xiao, H. (2005). Values Priority and Human Rights Policy. Journal of Human Values, 11(2), 87–102. https://doi.org/10.1177/097168580501100202
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