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Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury

Albert W. Dzur


Focusing contemporary democratic theory on the neglected topic of punishment, this book argues for increased civic engagement in criminal justice as an antidote to the American penal state. It considers how the jury may serve as a participatory institution that gathers and utilizes citizen’s juridical capabilities rather than merely expressing unreflective public opinion. In doing so, the book resists trends in criminal justice scholarship holding citizen participation to blame for greater penal severity, and it rejects the longstanding skepticism of lay abilities in political theory. It disti ... More

Keywords: citizen participation, citizens’, jury, criminal justice, democratic theory, institutional design, political theory, public opinion, punishment, restorative justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199874095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert W. Dzur, author
Bowling Green State University