Social Consensus on Norms of Justice: Should the Punishment Fit the Crime?'

@inproceedings{Hamilton1980SocialCO,
  title={Social Consensus on Norms of Justice: Should the Punishment Fit the Crime?'},
  author={Viola Lee Hamilton and Steve Rytina},
  year={1980}
}
Social consensus on norms of justice has long been of concern to sociologist. The present paper presents a model of justice norms as congnitions and tests the degree of cognitive consensus on the norm of just deserts (i.e., "letting the punishment fit the crime"). It is argued that consensus on justice norms should be tested using a combination of within-respondent and between-respondent techniques. Such tests can (1) simultaneously reveal the presence of consensus on the justice principle… CONTINUE READING

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