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Title: Understanding the uses of sentencing discretion
Author: Tata, Cyrus
ISNI:       0000 0001 2442 1457
Awarding Body: The University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2009
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The work submitted here conceives of sentencing as an interpretive social process. Although previous research has shown sentencing to be an individualistic judge-centred interpretive decision process (e.g. Hogarth 1971), the features which appear to structure the decision process have tended to be taken as given, fixed, discrete, universal forces (often :alled 'factors'). My argument is that what appear to be fixed, stable, structuring forces in fact operate in combination with and through the particular (e.g. the instant case; the contextual circumstances; local court culture etc) in shifting and unstable ways.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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