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Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit


This book offers a new approach to sentencing and punishment. It inaugurates a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology. The authors attack currently fashionable retributivist theories of punishment, arguing that the criminal justice system is so integrated that sentencing policy has to be considered in the system-wide context. They offer a comprehensive theory of criminal justice that draws on a philosophical view of the good and the right, and that points the way to practical intervention in the real world of incremental reform. The authors put the case for a criminal justice syst ... More

Keywords: sentencing, punishment, criminal justice, philosophy of law, moral philosophy, sentencing policy, dominion, criminology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Braithwaite, author
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Philip Pettit, author
Australian National University
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