How the United States became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World”, by Peter Enns (Cornell University)
|Dates:||15 March 2016|
|Times:||14:30 - 16:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Hear “How the United States became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World”, by Peter Enns (Cornell University)
We are delighted that Peter Enns will be speaking to the Democracy and Elections cluster on: Tuesday 15th March at 2pm, Keeper’s Room, Whitworth Building, Oxford Road.
Peter K. Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is Team Leader of the Cornell Institute for Social Science Theme Project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration and he is a former Faculty Director of Cornell’s Prison Education Program. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation and has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He edited (with Christopher Wlezien) Who Gets Represented?
Peter’s talk is based on his forthcoming book and will no doubt provide fascinating insights into U.S. public opinion as we try to make sense of recent developments in U.S. politics.
Title: Incarceration Nation: How the United States became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World
Abstract: Little consensus exists regarding public attitudes toward crime and punishment in the United States. Scholars have variously described the US public’s criminal justice attitudes as “mushy,” “stable,” “punitive,” and “impotent.” In this talk, I will make sense of these competing perspectives, and show that the U.S. public’s punitiveness moves in systematic ways, responding to crime rates and news coverage or crime. Furthermore, the public’s shifting punitiveness holds important implications for the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.
All very welcome! Please come along for what promises to be a fascinating and excellent talk.
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