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Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN 1569-2159
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9862
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Abstract

In this paper I investigate the lack of public participation and consequent democratic deficit on the issue of the death penalty in the United Kingdom (henceforth the U.K.). I critically analyse the institutions and practices of the U.K. polity, and several parliamentary contributions to the death penalty discourses around abolition in 1964/65 and in 1994, the last debate to date on the issue in the U.K. parliament. Consequently, I argue that a range of causal tendencies operating in the polity are responsible for the lack of public participation and hence democratic deficit on this and other issues. And while I am sympathetic with present abolitionist penal policy, I nevertheless argue that these tendencies constitute dominatory practice.
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2012-01-01
2019-09-17
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): CDA , death penalty , explanatory critique and the polity
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