My dissertation introduces a new theory of human rights triage by applying signaling theory and effective altruism to human rights INGOs.
I want to know why human rights INGOs ignore certain causes, countries, and victims while prioritizing others. In my investigations, I looked for evidence of strategic thinking among INGOs. Do they target countries or causes where they can maximize their effectiveness? Do they target areas where they are more likely to obtain high standards of evidence? Do they spotlight the neediest groups and target the worst rights-abusing governments? To my surprise, I found little evidence to support each of these hypotheses.
My dissertation pieces together an alternative explanation for triage in the international human rights movement by applying signaling theory to human rights INGOs, drawing on insights from evolutionary and moral psychology.
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