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“Reducing the Crime Problem: A Not So Dismal Criminology.”

Braithwaite, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (1992) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 25(1):1-10.

The author argues for a theoretical revolution in criminology toward republicanism. Four commitments are basic to republicanism: deliberation in governance that both shapes and balances interests; political equality; universality as a regulative ideal; and citizen and community participation in public life. Also central to the theory is the concept of reintegrative shaming as a key to crime control; the real power of this concept is at the level of prevention and conscience building. The increasing momentum that Republican ideals have gathered since the mid-1970s is discussed.


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