Reconsolidating Political Power in an Age of Popular Politics

Mary E. Vogel

in Coercion to Compromise

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195101751
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Reconsolidating Political Power in an Age of Popular Politics

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This chapter examines the influence of the reconsolidation of political power on the origin of plea bargaining in Boston, Massachusetts. It highlights the influence of politics on the creation of the citizens' interpretation of their world and the strategy for their response to crisis. The analysis of these politics reveals micromotives and mechanisms that drove the process of legal change. The chapter also discusses how the urban elite, privately and through the incumbent Whig party, adopted a self-conscious and comprehensive approach in pursuing what it believed to be the holistic interests of the community.

Keywords: political power; plea bargaining; Boston; Massachusetts; legal change; citizens; urban elite; Whig party

Chapter.  24897 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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