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Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice

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John Braithwaite, Philip PettitDirector's Unit, Research School of Social Science, Australian National University

ISBN13: 9780198240563
ISBN: 0198240562
Published: October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £39.99

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This monograph 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. They offer 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 Republican sense of the term, which they call ""dominion"".

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1: For a comprehensive theory.
2: For a consequentialist theory.
3: Identifying a comprehensive, consequentialist target.
4: The Republican idea.
5: Interpreting the Republican theory.
6: Implementing the Republican theory.
7: Retributivism: An inferior theory.
8: Retributivism: An inferior practice.
9: Conclusion