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Support for the Death Penalty; Instrumental Response to Crime, or Symbolic Attitude?

Tom R. Tyler and Renee Weber
Law & Society Review
Vol. 17, No. 1 (1982), pp. 21-46
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053531
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053531
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

In this study the instrumental and symbolic perspectives on public support for the death penalty were directly compared within the context of a single survey of citizen attitudes. The results suggest that both instrumental and symbolic concerns influenced death penalty support. When the relative influence of the two factors was directly assessed, the symbolic perspective was found to exercise the major influence upon support for capital punishment, while the influence of instrumental crime-related concerns was small. These results suggest that death penalty support is one aspect of general political-social ideology, rather than a response to crime-related concerns or experiences.

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