The past two decades witnessed a global proliferation of national human rights and equality bodies. Yet the research literature remains critical of their performance, positing a series of explanations for the gap between the expectations of civil society and the contribution they make. Through a comparative analysis of six statutory human rights and equality bodies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, this article explores the range of factors that shape their performance.
Spencer, S. and Harvey, C. (2014) ‘Context, Institution or Accountability? Exploring the Factors that Shape the Performance of National Human Rights and Equality Bodies’, Policy & Politics, 42(1): 89-107