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Author Mitchell, Neil J. (Neil James), 1953-

Title Democracy's Blameless Leaders : From Dresden to Abu Ghraib, How Leaders Evade Accountability for Abuse, Atrocity, and Killing / Neil James Mitchell
Published New York : New York University, 2012
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Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 The Theory of the Fall Guy; 3 Evading Accountability; 4 Amritsar; 5 Dresden; 6 Londonderry; 7 Beirut; 8 Baghdad; 9 Baghdad to Basra; 10 A Tale of a Few Cities: Better Leaders, Better Institutions, or a Better Audience?; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z; About the Author
Summary From the American and British counter-insurgency in Iraq to the bombing of Dresden and the Amristar Massacre in India, civilians are often abused and killed when they are caught in the cross-fire of wars and other conflicts. In Democracy's Blameless Leaders, Neil Mitchell examines how leaders in democracies manage the blame for the abuse and the killing of civilians, arguing that politicians are likely to react in a self-interested and opportunistic way and seek to deny and evade accountability. Using empirical evidence from well-known cases of abuse and atrocity committed by the security forc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Atrocities -- Case studies.
Civilians in war -- Crimes against -- Case studies.
Criminal liability (International law) -- Case studies.
Democracy -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Case studies.
Government accountability -- Case studies.
Political leadership -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814763375 (electronic bk.)
0814763383 (electronic bk.)
9780814763377 (electronic bk.)
9780814763384 (electronic bk.)