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NCJ Number: 237238 Find in a Library
Title: Constructing the Public Will: How Political Actors in New York State Construct, Assess, and use Public Opinion in Penal Policy Making
Journal: Punishment & Society  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:October 2011  Pages:424-450
Author(s): Elizabeth K. Brown
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 27
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined what State-level political actors in the U.S.A. think about and relate to public opinion.
Abstract: Prior research has failed to attend adequately to the ways in which State-level political actors in the U.S.A. think about and relate to public opinion. While some research has considered how political actors, such as legislators and State agency staff members, assess public opinion on penal issues, that body of research has been limited both conceptually and methodologically. This article argues that an enterprise perspective on policymaking combined with a constructionist perspective on public opinion have the potential to deepen ones understanding of penal policymaking. To that end, descriptive data from interviews with a wide range of political actors in New York State are considered for what they indicate about the dynamics of public opinion construction, assessment, and use among political actors engaged in penal policymaking. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): New York; Policy; Political influences; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Punishment
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