American exceptionalism in crime, punishment, and disadvantage: Race, federalization, and politicization in the perspective of local autonomy

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This chapter sets a particular thesis focused on the institutional structure of the American political system within the context of a broader literature in the comparative political economy of crime and punishment. It then considers three possible objections to this analysis. The first argues that increasing American exceptionalism in the postwar period is to be explained primarily in terms of a distinctive history and politics of race. The next is the argument that this exceptionalism is to be attributed primarily to national policy driven by the federal government. The final argument is that American exceptionalism is driven by the interests of political elites who are relatively disconnected from the interests of their electors. Each of these objections, the chapter suggests, can be met.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lacey, N; Soskice, D

Published Date

  • December 21, 2017

Book Title

  • American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 102

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780190203542

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oso/9780190203542.003.0002

Citation Source

  • Scopus