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"Lost" Causes


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Charli Carpenter is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms, and the Protection of Civilians and Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond.


"Like all valuable books do, "Lost" Causes leaves us with many ideas to think about... Carpenter has opened doors for new thinking on these and other research questions and on creative ways to marshal evidence that can answer them."-Wayne Sandholtz, Political Science Quarterly (Summer 2015) "In 'Lost' Causes Charli Carpenter fruitfully extends the research agenda on international norms and transnational activist networks in an original way. Carpenter's case studies are valuable in and of themselves as research on cutting-edge issues of contemporary interest, but they also substantiate her own agenda-setting theoretical contributions on which issues make it on to the agendas of global activists."-Richard Price, University of British Columbia, author of The Chemical Weapons Taboo "This book provides a wonderfully clear and compelling answer to an important question: Why do some issues, and not others, become the focus of transnational activism? It should be read by international relations scholars interested in agenda setting, activist networks, human security and global governance, and by policy practitioners who are contemplating campaigns of their own."-Roland Paris, University of Ottawa "'Lost' Causes is a compelling and original analysis of transnational advocacy campaigns. Charli Carpenter offers a dynamic analysis of change over time in advocates' framing strategies, power relations, quest for advocacy partners, and outcomes. I highly recommend this fascinating and important contribution to scholarship on governance and networks."-Susan K. Sell, George Washington University "Charli Carpenter has hit on an important issue that is critical to understanding the work of influential activists, and she offers wide-ranging and solid evidence for a sophisticated and much-needed theory. 'Lost' Causes satisfies both normative desires to make the world a better place and the need for analytical rigor that social science emphasizes. This book is hard-hitting with heart."-Wendy H. Wong, University of Toronto

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