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Beyond just deserts and deterrence: An evolutionary psychology of punishment and rehabilitation

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Recent studies indicate that punishment is driven by just deserts motives rather than deterrence motives. In the just deserts perspective, punishment is based on the seriousness of the crime, and rehabilitative alternatives to punishment are only expected to be considered when the seriousness is low. By drawing on recent advances in evolutionary psychology, a range of contrasting expectations are developed. Especially, it is expected that the choice between punishment and rehabilitation is determined by assessing the future social value of the criminal. The expectations are supported by data from a large-scale survey, and it is shown that the seriousness of the crime only have direct effects on less psychologically salient dimensions of our reactions. Finally, it is discussed why previous studies have reached different conclusions.
TitelIkke angivet
Antal sider26
ForlagDepartment of Political Science, University of Aarhus
StatusUdgivet - 2007
BegivenhedISPP 30th Annual Scientific Meeting - Portland, Oregon, USA
Varighed: 4 jul. 20077 jul. 2007


KonferenceISPP 30th Annual Scientific Meeting
ByPortland, Oregon

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