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The Myth of Mob RuleViolent Crime and Democratic Politics$
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Lisa L. Miller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190228705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190228705.001.0001

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Security from Violence as a Collective Good

Security from Violence as a Collective Good

(p.27) Chapter 2. Security from Violence as a Collective Good
The Myth of Mob Rule

Lisa L. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the importance of reconsidering the role of violence in the politics of crime and punishment. Violence is a serious social problem with corrosive consequences, both individually and collaterally, and protection from random violence is a core promise of government. This chapter illustrates how the lack of attention to violence has led to several problems in the literature, including an over-reliance on the US case for generalizing about the politics of crime and punishment and a limited recognition of its outlier status with respect to lethal violence; problems of endogeneity with respect to the relationship between low rates of punishing and low rates of violence within particular democratic systems; and the neglect of the political interests of populations most exposed to rising rates of crime and insecurity over the last 50 years.

Keywords:   violence, crime, security, public good, endogeneity

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