The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control (Paperback)Lisa L. Miller (author)
Miller begins her study by providing a detailed analysis of the narrow and often parochial nature of national and state crime politics, drawing a sharp contrast to the active and intense local political mobilization on crime by racial minorities and the urban poor. In doing so, The Perils of Federalism illustrates the ways in which the structure of U.S. federalism has contributed to the absence of black and poor victims of violence from national policy responses to crime and how highly organized but narrowly focused interest groups, such as the National Rifle Association, have a disproportionate influence in crime politics. Moreover, it illustrates how the absence of these groups from the policy process at other levels promotes policy frames that are highly skewed in favor of police, prosecutors, and narrow citizen interests, whose policy preferences often converge on increasing punishments for offenders.
Ultimately, The Perils of Federalism challenges the conventional wisdom about the advantages of federalization and explains the key disadvantages that local communities face in trying to change policy.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 237 x 163 x 16 mm
Offers a valuable contribution to the growing field...a compelling, detailed, and informative account of the degree to which federalism and the division of power constrain efforts to influence the crime policy-making process. - Political Science Quarterly
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