This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. While human rights are the normative heart of this book, its principal argument is that globalization has altered the nature of relationships between people and their government through the creation of international bodies and institutions. These institutions have arisen not only because the post-world war economy has encouraged national governments to formalize the ways in which they deal with other governments, but also because the last decades have seen a surge of human rights claims at the individual level, and these claims are increasingly being channeled through international organizations.
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