By Celeste L. Arrington
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms humans around the world, yet no longer 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 depend upon aid from political elites, lively teams in society, the media, specialists, legal professionals, and the public to seize democratic policymakers' realization and sway their judgements. targeting while and the way such third-party help concerns, Arrington unearths that elite allies may possibly increase expertise concerning the sufferers’ reason or sponsor particular laws, yet their actions additionally are likely to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. in contrast, claimants who achieve elite allies in simple terms after the tough and in all likelihood dicy strategy of mobilizing societal aid are likely to in achieving extra redress, which could comprise legit inquiries, apologies, reimbursement, and structural reforms.
Arrington attracts on her wide fieldwork to demonstrate those dynamics via comparisons of the parallel eastern and South Korean pursuits of sufferers of harsh leprosy keep watch over regulations, blood items tainted by means of hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her ebook thereby highlights how electorate in Northeast Asia—a area grappling with tips on how to deal with Japan’s earlier wrongs—are leveraging related methods to carry their very own governments liable for more moderen harms. Accidental Activists additionally finds the starting to be energy of litigation to advertise coverage switch and bigger responsibility from selection makers.
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Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) by Celeste L. Arrington