American Exceptionalism

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American Capital Punishment An Example of “American Exceptionalism”?
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Thought Question: Why is the US the only Western democracy to still use the death penalty?
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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Today’s Objectives Understand US death penalty in global perspective Examine potential reasons the US retains the death penalty
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Death Penalty Globally 91 33 11 62 Source: Amnesty International, 1/27/2009
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Abolitionist Nations Less vengeful? Public opinion? Less democratic?
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Western European Nations Last execution: 1977 Two major transitions: Post WWII Human rights and moral imperatives
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Western European Nations Last execution: 1977 Two major transitions: Post WWII Human rights and moral imperatives
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American Exceptionalism “We’re special!” Belief that the US is different
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Homicide Rates Public Opinion Crime as a Political Issue Populism Criminal Justice Populism Federalism Southern
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2010 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Kurtz during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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