Book Project: Defiance and Resistance to International Norms
(Based on my dissertation, winner of the 2017 Merze Tate / Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics from the American Political Science Association)
In the last three decades, scholars and activists have argued that transnational normative pressure can improve human rights conditions around the world. “Naming and shaming” is now the preferred tactic of human rights organizations worldwide, and a number of studies in IR claim that transnational pressure can effectively improve states’ human rights practices. My book manuscript challenges this conventional wisdom. In some cases, “naming and shaming” can encourage violations and ramp up abuses, as well as fuel counter-norms that challenge the received order.
The first part of the book manuscript develops my theory of norm defiance. When transnational pressure provokes a defensive reaction in relevant audiences, political leaders face incentives that penalize compliance with foreign norms and reward violations. The theory amends and extends existing models of international norm dynamics by explaining when and how transnational shaming drives resistance and further violations. Subsequent chapters provide support for theory by drawing on survey experiments, cross-national data, and in-depth case studies. Together, these findings cast doubt on the power of international pressure to promote human rights, while upending the received wisdom on the role of norms in world affairs.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Terman, Rochelle. “Islamophobia and Media Portrayals of Women’s Rights: A Computational Text Analysis of U.S. News Coverage” Forthcoming, International Studies Quarterly. [Supporting Information] [Replication Materials]
Terman, Rochelle and Erik Voeten. “The Relational Politics of Shame: Evidence from the Universal Periodic Review.” Forthcoming, Review of International Organizations.
Terman, Rochelle. “Islamophobia, Feminism, and the Politics of Critique” Theory, Culture & Society 33(2). 2016.
Terman, Rochelle. “Piety of Public Participation: The Revolutionary Muslim Woman in the Islamic Republic of Iran” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 11(3). 2010.
Terman, Rochelle. “To Specify or Single Out: Should We Use the Term ‘Honor Killing’?” The Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 7(1). 2010.
“Rewarding Resistance: Theorizing Defiance to International Norms”
“Don’t Tell Us What to Do: Human Rights Shaming and Nationalist Backlash”
“The Cultural Roots of Islamophobia: Evidence from a Survey Experiment and Large-Scale Media Analysis” With Lisa Argyle, Ian Gray, and Matti Nelimarkka.
Select Other Publications
“Researching Gender & Women in Muslim Contexts: Beyond Orientalism?” in Golder, Matt and Sona Golder (eds.) CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association 27(1): 1-109. 2017.
“Trans(ition) in Iran” World Policy Journal. Spring 2014.