Implementing the Republican Theory

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit

in Not Just Deserts

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680205 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Implementing the Republican Theory

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This chapter is the crucial one for the practical import of the theory. It argues that theories that can only provide a blueprint for a package of compatible reforms for all sub-systems of a system are not very useful to practitioners and reformers. Theories are useful only when they can be applied to the world of incremental, politically realistic policy change, a world wherein unintended consequences are the rule rather than the exception. The chapter shows that the republican theory is capable of this sort of practical application. At the same time, it argues that a theoretical incrementalism is also folly.

Keywords: criminal justice; republican theory; theoretical incrementalism; crime; punishment

Chapter.  6799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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