Contesting human rights through institutional reform:a case study of the reform of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission


This article presents a case study of the recent reform of the United Kingdom Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to address a critical gap in the literature on national human rights institutions (NHRIs) concerning the power of governments to exert control over these institutions through reform processes. Through this analysis, the article demonstrates, first, that NHRIs are affected by contextual factors not only related to the popularity of the human rights agenda but also to wider policy agendas which impact on their status and functions; and second, that attempts by government to exert more administrative control can be significantly problematic for the operational independence of NHRIs.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human Rights on 19/11/2015, date of publicationavailable online: Funding: ESRC [ES/J010553/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: NHRI,Equality and Human Rights Commission,institutional reform,United Nations,independence,Law,Sociology and Political Science
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 87.2015.1113169
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016
Published Online Date: 2015-11-19
Accepted Date: 2015-11-01
Authors: Tonkiss, Katherine ( 0000-0002-0671-3357)



Version: Accepted Version

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