Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

Synopsis

Determinants of the Death Penalty seeks to explain the phenomenon of capital punishment - without recourse to value judgements - by identifying those characteristics common to countries that use the death penalty and those that mark countries which do not. This global study uses statistical analysis to relate the popularity of the death penalty to physical, cultural, social, economical, institutional, actor oriented and historical factors. Separate studies are conducted for democracies and non-democracies and within four regional contexts. The book also contains an in-depth investigation into determinants of the death penalty in the USA.

Excerpt

The death penalty is a highly controversial and much debated issue, especially in the industrialized and democratized world. This fact notwithstanding, the reader who expects to find arguments either for or against the death penalty within the frames of the present book will be disappointed. It is my firm opinion that far too many of the works related to the death penalty have been permeated with the authors' personal views on the subject. It is my sincere hope that this book will fill a lacuna in the literature on the death penalty by contributing to the empirical theorybuilding in the field. The ambition of the present book is simple and straightforward: to identify the determinants of the death penalty in the world, nothing more, nothing less.

Since this is a global comparative study, the persons to whom I am indebted are not few in numbers. Let me begin by extending my gratitude to my mentor, colleague and friend, Professor Lauri Karvonen at the Åbo Akademi University who was the one who came up with the idea of studying the determinants of the death penalty. Needless to say, the collection of the empirical material has sometimes demanded a lot of efforts. The bulk of the material has assiduously been collected by Krister Lundell and Patrik Fagerström. Not surprisingly, exact numbers of executions was extremely hard to obtain for many countries. Without the generous help of Amnesty International and especially its Finnish Head Director, Frank Johansson, the task of gathering even approximate figures would not have been completed. I also extend my gratitude to Professor Felix Bethel of the University of Bahamas for an eye-opening discussion of the death penalty in the Caribbean. Furthermore, I would like to thank Peter Burnell of the University of Warwick and Guy-Erik Isaksson and Kimmo Grönlund, Åbo Akademi, for much appreciated tips on literature and suggestions of corrections of the text. Furthermore, I wish to thank all my colleagues at the Department of political science at Åbo Akademi (no-one mentioned, no-one forgotten) for providing me with a stimulating research environment.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.