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    Capital punishment in the United States: a new abolitionism?

    Singh, Robert S. (2000) Capital punishment in the United States: a new abolitionism? Political Quarterly 71 (3), pp. 341-351. ISSN 1467-923X.

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    Abstract

    For some readers, capital punishment proved one of the most disconcerting features of Jonathan Freedland's widely acclaimed book on Anglo-America, Bring Home the Revolution. Observing that opinion polls show Americans and Britons to hold similar views on capital punishment(a 1996 MORI poll put British support for the death penalty at 76 per cent), Freed-land noted that, despite its prohibition in the UK,opponents of judicial killing have hardly won the argument among the British people. In-stead our political system has simply failed to express the popular will . . . what is often a cause for self-congratulation with progressive Britons imagining ours to be a more civilised society than the US should perhaps be a trigger for self-doubt. American democracy ensures the public get their way, even if the result is not always pleasant. The British system cannot say the same.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 11:50
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 15:35
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20310

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