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Does the EU benefit from increased complexity? Capital punishment in the human rights regime

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dc.contributor.author Kissack, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-26T11:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-26T11:34:06Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Kissack, Robert. Does the EU benefit from increased complexity? Capital punishment in the human rights regime. Politics and Governance. 2023;11(2):17-28. DOI: 10.17645/pag.v11i2.6304
dc.identifier.issn 2183-2463
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56992
dc.description.abstract This article questions how the EU has acted to increase the complexity of the human rights regime through the process of incorporating a new issue area into its scope and to what extent has it benefitted from that process. By examining the breadth of the regime complex, between 1991–2021, this research shows how UN bodies, regional organisations, and civil society associations increasingly consider the death penalty a human rights issue instead of an exclusively domestic legal one. The article draws on a comprehensive archival review tracing the process of reframing capital punishment, the actions undertaken by the EU contributing to this process, and the benefits it receives from increased regime complexity. This leads to an affirmative answer to the previous questions, arguing that the EU’s actions in its foreign policy, anti-death penalty stance, and promotion of civil society, facilitated a reconfiguration of the human rights regime complex towards the rejection of capital punishment. It also provides important insights into the limitations of the literature on EU actorness in the UN system, which trains its eye primarily on legal representation and member-state cooperation. While this applies to formal international organisations, characterising the post-1945 multilateral order, utilising the study of regime complexity provides a more precise assessment of EU action in the fragmented and increasingly informal institutions constituting global governance today.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the EUSOV research project The Emergence of European Sovereignty in a World of Systemic Rivalry: Strategic Autonomy and Permissive Consensus and funded by the National R+D Plan of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PID2020–116443GB‐I00).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cogitatio Press
dc.relation.ispartof Politics and Governance. 2023;11(2):17-28
dc.rights © Robert Kissack. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
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dc.title Does the EU benefit from increased complexity? Capital punishment in the human rights regime
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v11i2.6304
dc.subject.keyword Death penalty
dc.subject.keyword EU
dc.subject.keyword Foreign policy
dc.subject.keyword Human rights
dc.subject.keyword Regime complexity
dc.subject.keyword UN
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/PID2020-116443GB‐I00
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