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Accidental Activists: Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea

Celeste L. Arrington


Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. This book examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why not. Relatively powerless groups like redress claimants depend on support from political elites, active groups in society, the media, experts, lawyers, and the interested public to capture democratic policymakers’ attention and sway their decisions. Focusing on when and how such third-party support matters, the book finds that elite allies may raise awareness about the victims’ cause ... More

Keywords: government wrongdoing, government negligence, redress, leprosy, Northeast Asia, Japan, accountability, official inquiries, apologies, compensation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453762
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Celeste L. Arrington, author
The George Washington University