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Empirische Sozialforschung und ihre Macher: Die soziale Produktion des Wissens über die Wirksamkeit der Todesstrafe

Abstract : Rational choice theory has given birth to a massive quantitative production of empirical knowledge on the deterrent effect of punishment, a field in which results are often confusing and discordant. This paper explores the research communities working on the correlation between executions and homicides, and identifies a “vocal minority” of academics that are very favorable to the death penalty. Knowing the name of the author of an article is a better predictor of the correlations found by the article that the type of data used. This study also shows a profile of the author who has a large amount of pro-death penalty result: it is an American economist, who does not present himself as a specialist in crime and punishment, and who teaches in a faculty ranked lower than the one where he obtained his PhD. On the other hand, sociologists and economists of high-rank universities tend to find results closer to a “zero” effect of the death penalty on homicide
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Sacha Raoult. Empirische Sozialforschung und ihre Macher: Die soziale Produktion des Wissens über die Wirksamkeit der Todesstrafe . Soziale Probleme, 2015, ⟨10.1007/s41059-015-0004-x⟩. ⟨hal-01310212⟩

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