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Statistical Methods for Human Rights

Editors: Asher, Jana, Banks, David, Scheuren, Fritz J. (Eds.)

  • Brings together a collection of papers on statistics and human rights
  • No other book on the market addresses this subject matter
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About this book

Human rights issues are shaping the modern world. They define the expectations by which nations are judged and affect the policy of governments, corporations, and foundations. They have set the agenda in prosecutions at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, funding decisions by the International Monetary Fund, and corporate expansion programs by multinationals.
Statistics is central to the modern perspective on human rights. It allows researchers to measure the effect of health care policies, the penetration of educational opportunity, and progress towards gender equality. The new wave of entrepreneurial charities demands impact assessments and documentation of milestone achievement. Non-governmental organizations need statistics to build cases, conduct surveys, and target their efforts.
This book describes the statistics that underlie the social science research in human rights. It includes case studies, methodology, and research papers that discuss the fundamental measurement issues. It is intended as an introduction to applied human rights research.
The editors of the book are Jana Asher, David Banks, and Fritz Scheuren. Jana Asher led the first national human rights survey in Sierra Leone and provided statistical support for surveys in Iraq, Kosovo, East Timor and Peru. She is the former Senior Program Associate in the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David Banks is a professor of statistics at Duke University, Fellow of the American Statistical Association, recipient of the Roger Herriott Award, and currently editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Fritz Scheuren is the past-president of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the ASA, and Vice-President of Statistics at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He has done human rights statistics in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Peru, Guatemala, East Timor and Columbia, and he advises the Country of Georgia on their Millennium Challenge proposal.

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From the reviews:

"A good compilation of representative work in the area of large-scale human rights violations. It offers interested readers the background knowledge needed to understand some historical events, as well as some successful applications or new developments in addressing the analysis of these types of events. Although written more for statisticians and social scientists interested in documenting and detecting human rights violations, this book can be useful reading for those more interested in ethical or political advocacy for known victims of these violations." (Francis C. Staskon, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (39), 2008)

"This book describes the statistics that underlie the social science research in human rights. It includes case studies, methodology, and research papers that discuss the fundamental measurement issues. It is intended as an introduction to applied human rights research." (Alette Smeulers and Lotte Hoek, Criminology and International Crimes Newsletter, 3, 1, p.6)

"The book is full of interesting and useful examples to use when teaching statistics, particularly for the social science students. The chapters contain a summary/conclusion at the end and a wealth of references for the reader to pursue.… A useful book with statistics that helps researchers in their approach to present and measure human rights issues with clarity. (Susan Starkings, International Statistical Review, 76, 2, p. 328)

"While the stories are fascinating, the book also contains a remarkable collection of innovative methods, most likely applicable to many other topics.... They advocate the development of new statistical techniques to estimate program impacts;... encompassing the larger topics of evidence-based decision-making. Their bibliography and listing of Web resources is extensive.... (Douglas Samuelson, ORMS Today, 35, 1, p. 36-39)

"This collection of 13 articles (chapters) by 29 authors provides, from a statistician’s vantage point, a historical overview plus a contemporary snapshot of international human-rights issues. … For a novice, the book may also serve as a general introduction to historical, organizational, and conceptual human rights matters; for an expert, it is a fine general reference work … . Everyone interested in the statistics of human rights needs a copy of this work." (Paul L. Zador, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 103 (484), December, 2008)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis: Enhancing Human Rights Work

    Jorge L. Romeu

    Pages 65-85

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: X.X. Burials and the Desaparecidos in the Department of Guatemala, 1977–1986

    Clyde Collins Snow, Fredy Armando Peccerelli, José Samuel Susanávar, et al.

    Pages 89-116

  • The Demography of Conflict-Related Mortality in Timor-Leste (1974–1999): Reflections on Empirical Quantitative Measurement of Civilian Killings, Disappearances, and Famine-Related Deaths

    Romesh Silva, Patrick Ball

    Pages 117-139

  • New Issues in Human Rights Statistics

    David L. Banks, Yasmin H. Said

    Pages 227-240

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72836-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Statistical Methods for Human Rights
Editors
  • Jana Asher
  • David Banks
  • Fritz J. Scheuren
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72837-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72837-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-72836-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 339
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