Article: Human Rights & Public Opinion

Shareen Hertel, Lyle Scruggs, and C. Patrick Heidkamp, “Human Rights and Public Opinion: From Attitudes to Action,”Political Science Quarterly, Volume 124, Issue 3, Fall 2009

SHAREEN HERTEL, LYLE SCRUGGS, and C. PATRICK HEIDKAMP examine original public opinion data on American attitudes regarding human rights and ethical consumption. They find a higher acceptance of economic rights than have previous studies, and a high willingness to pay for ethically produced goods-though with notable variation among demographic groups.

SHAREEN HERTEL is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and holds a joint appointment with the universityʼs Human Rights Institute, where she co-directs the Economic Rights Research Group. She is the author of Unexpected Power: Conflict and Change Among Transnational Activists and co-editor of Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues.

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