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Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases$
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Daniel Pascoe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809715

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809715.001.0001

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Sources and Methods

Sources and Methods

(p.19) 1 Sources and Methods
Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases

Daniel Pascoe

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 details the comparative methodology employed throughout the book (comparing and contrasting national case studies), the challenges of comparing across national borders and legal systems, and project design choices such as the number of jurisdictions, time limits, and the substance of comparison. Moreover, given the semi-secretive criminal justice policies of the four jurisdictions under analysis (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia), Chapter 1 also outlines the data collection methods employed—including ‘elite’ interviews conducted during fieldwork in Southeast Asia, triangulated alongside NGO documents and media reports—and their various shortcomings. Among the significant methodological challenges addressed in Chapter 1 are how to conduct quantitative analysis (e.g. calculating clemency rates) given patchy statistical data, and deducing the true reasons for clemency and pardon grants when the executive decision maker is not required to publicly provide them, and rarely does so.

Keywords:   clemency, triangulation, methodology, comparative case studies, elite interviews, fieldwork, authoritarianism, criminal justice

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