The death penalty and U.S. foreign policy

Kendall, W 2012, The death penalty and U.S. foreign policy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.


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Title The death penalty and U.S. foreign policy
Author(s) Kendall, W
Year 2012
Abstract This dissertation posits that United States death penalty policy has become ripe for repeal. Waning support domestically coupled with intense criticism internationally has made death penalty policy susceptible to forces seeking to shift ideological preferences towards policy abolition. The U.S. organs of state, such as district criminal trial courts, that both craft and conduct death penalty policy can be moved by international pressures such as consular intervention, international litigation and extradition negotiation.

This dissertation will employ a qualitative case analysis study focusing on seminal death penalty cases in the United States, which involve Mexican nationals, to demonstrate how the institutional mechanisms in the United States that implement the death penalty policy can be effectively levered by foreign pressures that can influence policy outcomes. It will also examine measures if success if external pressure, using data from multiple sources to broadly extrapolate from case analysis conclusions.

This dissertation makes a unique contribution to the multidisciplinary body of academic research that has explored the U.S. death penalty policy, and hopes to advance the discussion regarding the viability of this controversial policy. It takes a bifurcated case study approach, testing both the U.S. institutional receptivity to policy change (e.g. trial courts), and also conducting an analysis of institutional responsiveness to specific forms of foreign intervention and influence (e.g. extradition negotiation)
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global, Urban and Social Studies
Keyword(s) Political Science
Criminal Justice
Public Policy
Foreign Affairs
International Relations
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