Comparative Political Economy of Crime and Punishment

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Spring 2013 Course
Meets: M, T 3:20pm - 4:50pm in WCC Room 3009
1 classroom credit

This course will consider the political, economic and social factors which shape both criminality and responses to crime, giving particular attention to accounts which seek to explain varying levels of crime and punishment, as well as the varying relationship between crime and punishment, in different countries and regions. Looking in particular at the contrasts between crime and punishment in the United States, the United Kingdom and a number of European countries over the last 40 years, the course will consider how far not just the shape of the criminal process but institutions such as the political system, labour market regimes and welfare states influence crime and punishment.

The course will be taught the weeks of March 25 and April 1, 8 and 15.

The exam will be a last-class take-home exam.

Subject Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure , International, Comparative & Foreign Law .