Communist Countries Case Study

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This dissertation will answer the question “How do human rights in communist countries compare to human rights in democratic countries?” To answer this main question, a few sub questions will be explored. What are the governments’ ideas about human rights? What human rights are protected by natural laws? What human rights are protected by positivist laws? The research design used for this project is a qualitative case study. This research design best accommodates the purpose of this study, because it implements case studies in order to describe particular situations, organizations, individuals, and events. A qualitative research perspective is also beneficial in conducting exploratory research in order to gain a better understanding of the reasons, opinions, and motivations behind the differences of human rights in Communist and Democratic countries. This chapter will explain the research design by describing the plan of action; listing the sub questions and accounting for the research process; and explaining the organization and analysis of the data leading to the project.

Plan of Action The research design for this study is a qualitative case study. A case study, defined by Robert K. Yin is “ an empirical inquiry that investigates a
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Traditionally in a case study, observation is the primary method used. Given the global nature of this study, secondary observations through news articles and reports were employed. An additional method of research that was utilized are documents. Documents particularly pertaining to the core ideology of Communism and Democracy were analyzed in order to establish a record. These research methods were used to answer the sub questions, which related to the governments’ ideas about human rights along with natural and positivist laws that protect human rights. This type of design can also extend and add to previously existing

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