With the politics of capital punishment in the news lately, I thought I’d blog on three interesting pieces of work that have crossed my desk.
Realists: In new ARC-funded (but not endorsed!) research, Sinclair Davidson and Tim Fry analyse the Australian Election Study, and show a strong correlation between rating terrorism an important issue and supporting capital punishment.
Idealist: Michael Fullilove’s 2006 Lowy Institute paper on capital punishment and foreign policy is still a document I find tremendously compelling, albeit that supporting this view did recently get Robert McClelland into some hot water.
Economists: I’ve blogged on it before, but the work by John Donohue and Justin Wolfers is to my mind the best econometric analysis on whether the death penalty deters. Their conclusion:Â the data don’t show strong effects either way.