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The Next FrontierNational Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia$
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David T. Johnson and Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337402.001.0001

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The Pace of Change

The Pace of Change

(p.327) 9 The Pace of Change
The Next Frontier

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Franklin E. Zimring (Contributor Webpage)

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On current evidence, the abolition of capital punishment in Asia is not a question of “if” but of “when,” and the critical issues concern the pace and processes of change rather than the direction changes will take or their eventual end point. That said, a large margin of error accompanies efforts to guess the rate at which Asian capital punishment will change. Should we think in terms of a few years, a few decades, or a few centuries? What are the leading indicators of the cessation of executions? And what contingencies could slow the process? These are the central concerns of this concluding chapter.

Keywords:   death penalty, capital punishment, executions, state killing, Asia, external influences, regional influences, political economy, nonauthoritarian nations, authoritarian regimes

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