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Crime, punishment and segregation in the United States: the paradox of local democracy

Lacey, Nicola and Soskice, David (2015) Crime, punishment and segregation in the United States: the paradox of local democracy. Punishment and Society, 17 (4). pp. 454-481. ISSN 1462-4745

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1462474515604042

Abstract

Patterns of crime and punishment in the USA greatly magnify corresponding developments in other liberal market economies – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK – faced with similar broad macro-technological transformations, namely the collapse of Fordism in the 1970s and 1980s and the development of knowledge economies in the 1990s and 2000s. In this article, we set out the case for seeing these differences as largely the product of dynamics shaped by the institutional structure of the US political system. We focus on the exceptional direct and indirect role of local democracy in key policy areas including law and order and beyond that in residential zoning, in public education and in incorporation of suburbs, which has no parallel in the other Anglo-Saxon polities, and which magnifies through residential and educational segregation and concentrated poverty the social problems caused by socio-economic developments.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pun.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Gender Studies
Law
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Departments > Law
Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61694

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