Politics, Punishment, and Populism

Politics, Punishment, and Populism

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In this timely, challenging book, a former minister and current legislator in the British government examines the wave of American federal crime-control laws that surfaced both before and after the 1994 "Republican Revolution" in Congress. Lord Windlesham focuses on the pressure that populist opinion and special interests can exert in shaping crime policy. Several law-making actions and arguments are explored, such as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (thought by many to be the key legislative achievement of President Clinton's first term), the Brady Act, the "three strikes and you're out" rule, Megan's Law, and so forth. Furthermore, in presenting controversial views on the NRA and its competitors, the book ultimately asks how long America can continue to tolerate the private possession of deadly weapons.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 164.6 x 241.6 x 21.8mm | 636.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195115309
  • 9780195115307

Review quote

His latest book shows a grasp of the political and legal dynamics of another country which has astonished even Americans, and his care for detail adds to its interest./ Prof. Nigel Walker, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge / New Law Journal, 26/02 /99show more

About Lord Windlesham

Lord Windlesham is Principal of Brasenose College at Oxford University and national President of Victim Support in the United Kingdom. He was Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales in the 1980s, and before that served in government as a Minister at the Home Office and the Northern Ireland Office. Among other books, his published work includes the three-volume Responses to Crime (Oxford University Press, 1987-96). Lord Windlesham was the Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professor at Princeton University in 1997.show more