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Criminalization: The Political Morality of the Criminal Law

R A Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S E Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros


The fourth book in the series examines the political morality of the criminal law, exploring general principles and theories of criminalization. Chapters provide accounts of the criminal law in the light of ambitious theories about moral and political philosophy—republicanism and contractarianism, or reflect upon on the success of important theories of criminalization by viewing them in a novel light. Ideas that are fundamental to any complete theory of the criminal law—liberty, harm, and the effect on victims—are investigated in depth. Sociological investigation of the criminal law grounds a ... More

Keywords: criminalization, criminal law, preventive justice, normative theory, morality, political theory, sociological investigation, government

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198726357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R A Duff, editor
University of Sterling and University of Minnesota

Lindsay Farmer, editor
University of Glasgow

S E Marshall, editor
University of Stirling

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1 Introduction

R. A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S. E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros

2 Quantifying Criminalization

James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick*

8 Polygamy

Douglas Husak*

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