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Legitimacy and Criminal JusticeAn International Exploration$
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Justice Tankebe and Alison Liebling

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701996.001.0001

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Crime, Justice, And Legitimacy: A Brief Theoretical Inquiry

Crime, Justice, And Legitimacy: A Brief Theoretical Inquiry

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Legitimacy and Criminal Justice

Jean-Marc Coicaud

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that taking into account legitimacy can help to understand crime and justice, and, in the process, improve the conditions of possibility for a better system of criminal justice. It is organized into three parts. The first one examines the general meaning of the notions of crime, justice, and legitimacy. The second studies their relations, including what brings them together and what distinguishes them. The third and final part of the chapter focuses on the ways in which upheaval and change can bring about disagreements and conflicts over what constitutes crime, justice, and legitimacy, and their relations.

Keywords:   legitimacy, justice, crime, criminal justice

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