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NCJ Number: 40017 Find in a Library
Title: PRISON REFORM AND STATE ELITES
Author(s): R A BERK; P H ROSSI
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Ballinger Publishing Co
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sale Source: Ballinger Publishing Co
Harvard Square
17 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS BOOK COMPARES PRISON REFORM EFFORTS IN FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, AND WASHINGTON TO PROVIDE PROPONENTS OF REFORM WITH STRATEGIES TO DETERMINE AREAS AND STRENGTHS OF OPPOSITION AND SUPPORT FOR THEIR PROGRAMS.
Abstract: THE AUTHORS DEMONSTRATE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DISCOVER THE COMPOSITION OF AMORPHOUS DECISIONMAKING ELITES AND THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOCATE WITHIN THESE ELITES POTENTIAL SUPPORT FOR REFORM AS WELL AS PRIMARY OPPONENTS OF CHANGE. AMONG THE MAJOR FINDINGS OF THE ANALYSIS IS THAT MOST ELITE MEMBERS PERCEIVE MORE OPPOSITION TO CHANGE AMONG THEIR FELLOWS THAN ACTUALLY EXISTS, AN EXAMPLE OF THE PHENOMENON IN WHICH MEMBERS OF A SOCIAL SYSTEM MIS-ESTIMATE THE COLLECTIVE VIEWS OF ITS MEMBERS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...EB
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Correctional reform; Decisionmaking; Florida; Illinois; Perception; Political influences; Reform; Sociology; Washington
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