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The Politics of the Death Penalty

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 2009

James A. Morone
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Department of Political Science at Brown University

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Sixteen avuncular men stare at the camera in the book's epilogue. One clutches a Bible, two smile, 11 are black or Hispanic, and all are among the 127 men and women released from death row after reformers uncovered evidence of their innocence. Frank Baumgartner, Suzanna De Boef, and Amber Boydstun will be speaking for many readers when they start their book by writing simply, “It has been shocking” (p. xiii). The phenomenon is also a stunning public policy mystery.

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References

Morone, James A. 2003. Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
Tocqueville, Alexis de. [1835] 1969. Democracy in America. New York: Harper and Row.Google Scholar

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