Human rights and the 1980 U.S. presidential election

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Human rights and the 1980 U.S. presidential election. / Søndergaard, Rasmus Sinding.

In: American Studies in Scandinavia, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2020, p. 29-46.

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T1 - Human rights and the 1980 U.S. presidential election

AU - Søndergaard, Rasmus Sinding

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - Due to dramatic developments in international affairs and the starkly diverging foreign policy visions of the two candidates, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, foreign policy occupied a usually prominent role in the 1980 U.S. presidential election. A central component of the foreign policy debate was the appropriate role for human rights concerns in American foreign relations. Nevertheless, neither historians of U.S. presidential elections nor historians of human rights have devoted much attention to the issue. This article represents the first comprehensive study of the role of human rights in the 1980 U.S. presidential election. First, it examines the role of human rights in the foreign policy visions of the presidential candidates, focusing especially on Reagan’s criticism of Carter’s human rights policy. Second, it assesses the impact the issue of human rights had on the 1980 election and the way the 1980 election shaped the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy.

AB - Due to dramatic developments in international affairs and the starkly diverging foreign policy visions of the two candidates, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, foreign policy occupied a usually prominent role in the 1980 U.S. presidential election. A central component of the foreign policy debate was the appropriate role for human rights concerns in American foreign relations. Nevertheless, neither historians of U.S. presidential elections nor historians of human rights have devoted much attention to the issue. This article represents the first comprehensive study of the role of human rights in the 1980 U.S. presidential election. First, it examines the role of human rights in the foreign policy visions of the presidential candidates, focusing especially on Reagan’s criticism of Carter’s human rights policy. Second, it assesses the impact the issue of human rights had on the 1980 election and the way the 1980 election shaped the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy.

KW - Human rights

KW - Jimmy Carter

KW - Ronald Reagan

KW - The 1980 presidential election

KW - U.S. foreign policy

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85094958112

VL - 52

SP - 29

EP - 46

JO - American Studies in Scandinavia

JF - American Studies in Scandinavia

SN - 0044-8060

IS - 2

ER -