Punishment and comparative political economy: An exposition and critique

David Garland

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    This chapter is an exposition and critical assessment of Nicola Lacey’s work on punishment and comparative political economy. It traces the trajectory of Lacey’s work, describing how she was the first to bring the ‘varieties of capitalism’ framework to bear on the central questions of comparative penology and how she then proceeded to use an expanded version of the framework to develop an original explanation of American penal exceptionalism. The chapter then seeks to assess Lacey’s work by examining the theoretical fit between her political economy framework and the institutional characteristics of systems of criminal punishment, paying particular regard to the causal mechanism hypotheses that underpin her account.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationOn Crime, Society, and Responsibility in the work of Nicola Lacey
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)9780198852681
    StatePublished - Apr 22 2021


    • Causal mechanisms
    • Comparative penology
    • Comparative political economy
    • Political institutions
    • Production regimes
    • Varieties of capitalism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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