The Political Sociology of Criminal Justice

  • David Jacobs
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

The provision of public order and the defense of citizens against criminal predation may well be the most important undertaking that any government must accomplish. This claim follows from the most widely accepted definition of the state. Weber tells us that any regime that finds it can no longer win violent contests with domestic rivals can no longer claim to be a government. Hobbes reinforces this point when he tells us that in the absence of a state's ability to perform such tasks, life for citizens in such a society will be “nasty, brutish, and short.”


Death Penalty Death Sentence Trial Court Street Crime Deadly Force 
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  • David Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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