Punishment, Legitimacy and the Role of the State: Reimagining More Moderate Penal Policies

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Abstract

Punishment is without doubt one of the most coercive forms of the exercise of state power. This exercise requires legitimation within a democratic constitutional state. 'Legitimacy' is a multidimensional concept though. Bottoms & Tankebe (2012) have further developed Beetham’s thinking through a dialogic approach to legitimacy in criminal justice, distinguishing audience legitimacy from power holder legitimacy. This article applies these different aspects of legitimacy to policies concerning parole for serious offenders in Belgium and ‘life without parole’ in the United Kingdom. It looks into the values that could foster the legitimacy of more moderate penal policies in this regard.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJustice and Penal Reform. Re-shaping the Penal Landscape
EditorsStephen Farrall, Barry Goldson, Ian Loader, Anita Dockley
Place of PublicationLondon, New York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages47-68
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781138191068
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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