The Dual Penal State: The Crisis of Criminal Law in Comparative-Historical Perspective

The Dual Penal State: The Crisis of Criminal Law in Comparative-Historical Perspective

by Markus D. Dubber


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The Dual Penal State addresses one of today's most pressing social and political issues: the rampant, at best haphazard, and ever-expanding use of penal power by states ostensibly committed to the enlightenment-based legal-political project of Western liberal democracy. Penal regimes in these states operate in a wide field of ill-considered and barely constrained violence where radical and prolonged interference with citizens, upon whose autonomy the legitimacy of state power supposedly rests, has been utterly normalized. At its heart, the crisis of modern penality is a crisis of the liberal project itself and the penal paradox is the sharpest formulation of the general paradox of power in a liberal state: the legitimacy of state sovereignty in the name of personal autonomy.

To capture the depth and range of the crisis of contemporary penality in ostensibly liberal states the book adopts a fresh approach. It uses historical and comparative analysis to reveal the fundamental distinction between two conceptions of penal power - penal law and penal police - that runs through Western legal-political history: one rooted in autonomy, equality, and interpersonal respect, and the other in heteronomy, hierarchy, and patriarchal power. This dual penal state analysis illuminates how the law/police distinction manifests itself in various penal systems, from the American war on crime to the ahistorical methods of German criminal law science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198744290
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Markus D. Dubber, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Markus D. Dubber is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. Much of Markus's scholarship has focused on theoretical, comparative, and historical aspects of criminal law. He has published, as author or editor, twenty books as well as over eighty papers; his work has appeared in English and German, and has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish. His publications include The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (with Christopher Tomlins) (2018); Criminal Law: A Comparative Approach (with Tatjana Hörnle) (2014); The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (with Tatjana Hörnle) (2014); Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law (2014); The New Police Science: The Police Power in Domestic and International Governance (with Mariana Valverde) (2006); The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government (2005); and Victims in the War on Crime(2002).

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Critical Analysis of Criminal Law and the Dual Penal State
Part I Criminal Law Science and Its Diversions
1. Engaging Scholarship: Toward the Critical Analysis of Criminal Law
2. Sloganism and Other Coping Mechanisms
Part II The Dual Penal State: Towards a Critical Analysis of Criminal Law
3. Law and Police
4. Penal Law and Penal Police in the Dual Penal State
Part III American Penality Between Law and Police: A Critical Genealogy
5. Internal Penal Exceptionalism
6. The First and Best Shot: Jefferson's Criminal Law Bill
7. The Model Penal Code and Beyond

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