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Making the Modern Criminal Law: Criminalization and Civil Order

Lindsay Farmer


This is a book about what and who should be treated as criminal under the law and the ways that this can be justified. The approach engages with, but is quite different to, much contemporary work being done on ‘criminalization’, which largely deploys the tools of moral and political philosophy. Instead, it connects thinking about criminalization to the development of the modern criminal law as a distinct body of rules and argues that this is connected to the emergence of the modern state in which the criminal law is seen as an instrument of government. The book thus restores a historical conte ... More

Keywords: criminalization, institutional theory of law, civil order, criminal responsibility, codification, jurisdiction, property offences, offences against the person, sexual offences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay Farmer, author
Professor of Law, University of Glasgow

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