This book discusses the dynamics of civic-state interactions aimed at the state’s obligations to promote, protect and fulfil human rights. Through the lens of refugee rights advocacy in South Africa in the early years of its post-1994 period of democracy, this book examines and explains the circumstances under which civic-state interactions can lead to structural change, and what these interactions can teach us about the potential of civic society to realise rights in general.

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Intersentia, Mortsel (Belgie)
ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Handmaker, J. (2009). Advocating for accountability: Civic-state interactions to protect refugees in South Africa. In ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development. Retrieved from