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Capital Punishment: A Hazard to a Sustainable Criminal Justice System?

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Edited by: Lill Scherdin

ISBN13: 9781409457190
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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As most jurisdictions move away from the death penalty, some remain strongly committed to it, while others hold on to it but use it sparingly. This volume seeks to understand why, by examining the death penalty's relationship to state governance in the past and present. It also examines how international, transnational and national forces intersect in order to understand the possibilities of future death penalty abolition. The chapters cover the USA - the only western democracy that still uses the death penalty - and Asia - the site of some 90 per cent of all executions. Also included are discussions of the death penalty in Islam and its practice in selected Muslim majority countries. There is also a comparative chapter departing from the response to the mass killings in Norway in 2011. Leading experts in law, criminology and human rights combine theory and empirical research to further our understanding of the relationships between ways of governance, the role of leadership and the death penalty practices. This book questions whether the death penalty in and of itself is a hazard to a sustainable development of criminal justice. It is an invaluable resource for all those researching and campaigning for the global abolition of capital punishment.

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Foreword: punishment in a time of national tragedy, Knut Storberget
The death penalty: a hazard to a sustainable development of criminal justice?, Lill Scherdin
Death as punishment, Nils Christie
Why the death penalty is disappearing, David Garland
The American enlightenment: eliminating capital punishment in the United States, John D. Bessler
Clear and ever-present dangers? Redefining 'closure' in a post-9-11 world, Jody Madeira
Why does Japan retain the death penalty? Nine hypotheses, David Johnson
Death penalty moratorium in South Korea: norms, institutions and leadership, Sangmin Bae
Why Taiwan's de facto moratorium was established and lost, Fort Fu-Te Liao
The norms of death: on attitudes to capital punishment in China, Borge Bakken
A knotty tale: understanding the death penalty in India, Bikram Jeet Batra
Islamic visions for the abolition of the death penalty, Mohammad Habash
An overview of the ongoing debate on the death penalty in Morocco, Mohammad Ayat
Abolition of the death penalty: Indonesia at a crossroads, Todung Mulya Lubis
Criminal justice, sustainability and the death penalty, Vidar Halvorsen
Afterword - staying optimistic, Roger Hood