Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice

Paperback | February 1, 1987

byJohn Braithwaite, Philip Pettit

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* A new approach to sentencing Not Just Deserts inaugurates a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology. The authors attack currently fashionable retributivist theories of punishment, arguing that the criminal justice system is so integrated that sentencing policy has to be considered in the system-wide context. Theyoffer a comprehensive theory of criminal justice which draws on a philosophical view of the good and the right, and which points the way to practical intervention in the real world of incremental reform. They put the case for a criminal justice system which maximizes freedom in the old republicansense of the term, and which they call `dominion'.

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* A new approach to sentencing Not Just Deserts inaugurates a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology. The authors attack currently fashionable retributivist theories of punishment, arguing that the criminal justice system is so integrated that sentencing policy has to be considered in the system-wide context. Theyoffer ...

Philip Pettit is at Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:February 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198240562

ISBN - 13:9780198240563

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. For a comprehensive theory2. For a consequentialist theory3. Identifying a comprehensive, consequentialist target4. The Republican idea5. Interpreting the Republican theory6. Implementing the Republican theory7. Retributivism: An inferior theory8. Retributivism: An inferior practice9. Conclusion

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'well written ... well worth reading and free of unnecessary jargon'Michael Levi, Criminal Law Review