The prisoners' dilemma : political economy and punishment in contemporary democracies /

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Author / Creator:Lacey, Nicola.
Imprint:Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Description:1 online resource (xx, 234 pages) : illustrations
Series:The Hamlyn lectures ; 2007
Hamlyn lectures ; 2007.
Imprisonment -- Great Britain.
Imprisonment -- United States.
Imprisonment -- Europe, Western.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Great Britain.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Europe, Western.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Western Europe.
Great Britain.
United States.
Electronic books.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-223) and index.
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Summary:"Over the last two decades, in the wake of increases in recorded crime and a cluster of other social changes, British criminal justice policy has become increasingly politicised: both the scale and intensity of punishment and the significance of criminal justice policy as an index of governments' competence have developed in new and worrying ways. Across the Atlantic, we witness the inexorable rise of the US prison population, amid a ratcheting-up of penal severity which seems unstoppable in the face of popular anxiety about crime." "But is this inevitable? Nicola Lacey argues that harsh 'penal populism' is not the inevitable fate of all contemporary democracies. Notwithstanding a degree of convergence, 'globalisation' has left many of the key institutional differences between national systems intact, and these help to explain the striking differences in the capacity for penal moderation of otherwise relatively similar societies. Only by understanding the institutional preconditions for a tolerant criminal justice system can we think clearly about the possible options for reform within particular systems."--Jacket
Other form:Print version: Lacey, Nicola. Prisoners' dilemma. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008 9780521899475 0521899478
Standard no.:9786611751210