© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/187219108X388699 Societies Without Borders 4 (2009) 61–72 www.brill.nl/swb S W B Decent Society Index: A Research Note 1 Judith Blau University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Jenniﬀ er Santos University of Delaware, USA Chelsea Sessoms University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Received 8 July 2008; accepted 30 August 2008 Abstract People everywhere are discovering that their own views about a decent society are widely shared around the world. Th e Universal Declaration of Human Rights already made this clear in 1948 by referring to “a common understanding” of rights and freedoms and a “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” A challenge for social scientists is to develop dimensions for an index that measures variation in the extent to which societies are decent . Such an index would be useful in research for comparative and analytical purposes, and it could also be useful to people who mobilize to made demands of their government for a better society. Keywords human rights, society, collective goods A Decent Society is one in which all its members are committed to advanc-
Societies Without Borders – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: HUMAN RIGHTS; SOCIETY; COLLECTIVE GOODS
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