The Crisis of the Modern Penal State
Dual Penal State is about the collective failure to address the fundamental challenge of legitimating the threat and use of penal violence in modern liberal states. The introduction introduces key notions that frame the discussion throughout the book, including the dual penal state and the concepts of penal law and penal police that constitute it, and the idea of the penal paradox of state punishment in a modern liberal democracy ostensibly grounded in the fundamental commitment to the autonomy of each person as such. The introduction also introduces the comparative-historical approach driving the book’s analysis and lays out the basic argument of the book, divided into three parts.
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