Human Rights, Imperialism, and Corruption in US Foreign Policy

Ilia Xypolia* (Corresponding Author)

*Corresponding author for this work

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This book provides a novel account of the role of human rights discourse in the US foreign policy. The book analyses the US State Department’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices as a means to monopolise and, more importantly, legitimise a specific framing of the human rights agenda to further US foreign policy. The US agenda’s deviation from established international human rights standards has very serious implications considering the preponderant global influence exercised by the US. Furthermore, more recently, the reports have added a separate section on "corruption" as a human rights issue. “Corruption”, a controversial concept from the outset, is understood in a narrow way as a public sector issue that largely prevails in and subverts the so-called developing and transition countries. This book shows how this recent inclusion ultimately serves the US global neoliberal imperialist agenda and becomes the hegemonic discourse in international organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages155
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-99815-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-99814-1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameHuman Rights Interventions
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Cham


  • Human rights
  • US foreign policy
  • Knowledge production
  • Corruption
  • Annual country reports


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