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The Puzzle of Prison Order – Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World

David Skarbek


The Puzzle of Prison Order presents a theory of why prisons and prison life vary so much. While many people think prisons are all the same—rows of cells filled with violent men who officials rule with an iron fist, life behind bars varies in incredible ways. In some facilities, prison officials govern with care and attention to prisoners’ needs. In others, officials have remarkably little influence on the everyday life of prisoners, sometimes not even providing necessities like food and clean water. Why does prison social order around the world look so remarkably different? This book shows tha ... More

Keywords: governance, social order, prison, norms, collective action, political economy, Brazil, Bolivia, Norway, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190672492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190672492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Skarbek, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

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