Punitiveness and political culture: Notes from some small countries

Hamilton, Claire (2013) Punitiveness and political culture: Notes from some small countries. European Journal of Criminology, 10 (2). pp. 154-167. ISSN 1477-3708

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Green’s (2007, 2008, 2009) recent comparative work on child-on-child homicides in England and Norway has drawn attention to political and cultural explanations to account for differences in levels of state punitiveness. His work finds support for the distinction made by Arend Lijphart (1999) between consensus and majoritarian democracy, through his argument that English majoritarian political culture created powerful incentives to exploit the homicide of James Bulger in ways that were not present in Norway. Drawing on comparative research in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand, this article joins with Green in enlisting political culture as an important explanatory variable yet challenges the usefulness of Lijphart’s typology in explaining penal difference.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cultural values; determinants; penal policy; political culture;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
Item ID: 5712
Identification Number: 10.1177/1477370812464469
Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 14:30
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Criminology
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes

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