Notice and Invitation: Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science
Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University
Bachelor of Arts, Texas Christian University, 2009
Dominican, Mexican, and Nicaraguan Compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act: The Role of Instrumental Incentives
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30-3:30pm
3001 Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus
All are invited to attend.
Colin Dueck, Chair
It is a little-known fact that in the late 2000’s Nicaragua emerged as a regional leader on anti-human trafficking. Although the Dominican Republic and Mexico never fully prioritized anti-trafficking each still went through at least one period of improvement. This dissertation qualitatively investigates variation across Dominican, Mexican, and Nicaraguan government compliance with the 2001 U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). It argues that a unilateral application of instrumental incentives is fundamentally responsible for TVPA outcomes. Ideational incentives are by no means incompatible with instrumental explanations but empirical findings lead to the conclusion that their role is often overstated in IR literature on human rights norms.
A copy of this dissertation is available at the JC Gateway library, Fairfax campus. Another copy is available from Shannon Williams, Schar School of Policy and Government.