Comparative Capital Punishment
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Comparative Capital Punishment

Edited by Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

Comparative Capital Punishment offers a set of in-depth, critical and comparative contributions addressing death practices around the world. Despite the dramatic decline of the death penalty in the last half of the twentieth century, capital punishment remains in force in a substantial number of countries around the globe. This research handbook explores both the forces behind the stunning recent rejection of the death penalty, as well as the changing shape of capital practices where it is retained. The expert contributors address the social, political, economic, and cultural influences on both retention and abolition of the death penalty and consider the distinctive possibilities and pathways to worldwide abolition.
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Chapter 19: Global abolition of capital punishment: contributors, challenges and conundrums

Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

Abstract

This chapter seeks to illuminate the future of capital punishment by exploring some of the most significant commonalities among the countries that have already abolished it as well as some the most significant challenges to abolition that exist across many retentionist jurisdictions. The authors raise a variety of qualifications and questions about the contributors and challenges to global abolition that they identify. These taxonomies and reflections will allow readers to draw their own conclusions about the likely speed and trajectory of the movement toward global abolition of capital punishment.

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