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In Search of Criminal Responsibility: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions

Nicola Lacey


Building on Lacey’s previous analysis in Women, Crime and Character (2008), this book brings together philosophical, historical, and socio-legal methods in legal scholarship. Distinguishing between ideas of responsibility as founded in character, psychological capacity, the causation of harmful outcomes or the presentation of risk, the book draws links between these ideas of responsibility; the institutions through which they are produced, interpreted, and executed; the interests which have shaped both doctrines and institutions; and the substantive social functions which criminal law and puni ... More

Keywords: criminal responsibility, legal theory, institutions, criminalization, ideas, political economy, capacity, character, outcome, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola Lacey, author
Professor of Law, Gender, and Social Policy, London School of Economics