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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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Two Cheers for Mob Rule

Two Cheers for Mob Rule

(p.191) Chapter 6. Two Cheers for Mob Rule
The Myth of Mob Rule

Lisa L. Miller

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 summarizes six major conclusions from the empirical chapters and returns to the questions of mass publics’ ability to influence law and policy effectively and fairly on issues such as crime. The author argues that political scientists and legal scholars need to focus more attention on non-state, predatory violence and its implications for democratic politics and legitimacy. Mass publics appear to be better risk assessors than generally given credit for and their concerns about serious violence, especially among those most exposed to it, require greater scholarly engagement and analysis. The author argues that the US analysis reveals too little democratic accountability, rather than too much, and urges a reconsideration of scholarly approaches to crucial social risks, including violent crime, that further explore how to more deeply engage marginalized groups that are most affected by violence, and to produce policies that produce greater security without further marginalizing racial minorities.

Keywords:   security, violence, crime, racial minorities, law, political science

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