7Human rights and politicalfreedoms

Given the intrinsic value that people attach to human rights and political freedoms and because such rights and freedoms may work to shape outcomes in other areas of development or have implications for governance, a study of rights and freedoms is essential. This is especially so for Iraq, an oil economy, that the rentier state hypothesis would predict to show comparatively low performance in terms of democratization and political rights. How Iraq has performed in respect to such rights and freedoms, their interaction with existing social and sectarian divisions, are the subjects of this chapter.

Such a study presents difficulties that are rarely encountered in the discussion of other dimensions of human ...

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