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Revisiting the comparative political economy of punishment

Lacey, Nicola (2012) Revisiting the comparative political economy of punishment. In: Max Weber Lecture (2011-12), 2012-02-15, Florence, Italy, ITA. (Submitted)

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In this lecture, I will address recent attempts to understand the relevance of political forces and institutions in shaping the practice and the social meaning of punishment. I will focus on one argument about the relevance of the political which has been especially influential during the last decade. This is the ‘neoliberal penality thesis’: the argument that politics can usefully be characterised as broadly neoliberal, or as social democratic: and that the decline or attenuation of social democracy, and the concomitant rise of neoliberalism have been associated with an intensification of penality. I will sketch what I take to be the key arguments for that thesis, before presenting a critique of both its method and its substantive conclusions.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 09:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:07

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