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The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don't Know) About the Pardon Power


P. S. Ruckman Jr.


Rock Valley College; Pardon Power Blog

April 1, 2012

University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
It is commonly suggested that the pardon power (state and federal) has received little scholarly attention, at least in the discipline of political science. This piece documents such is not the case. A wealth of literature has been produced by political scientists and others commenting in political science journals, from a wild variety of perspectives (normative, political, historical, empirical, statistical, etc.). This piece reviews that literature and attempts to gather together its primary findings and conclusions. It concludes that there is much research to be done, and that political scientists would do well to attend to a classic goal of the discipline: cross-pollination with scholars in other disciplines and professions (law, history, sociology, etc.).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: president, pardon, pardons, political science, law, clemency, commutation of sentence

JEL Classification: K10, K14

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Date posted: February 11, 2013 ; Last revised: March 17, 2013

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Ruckman, P. S., The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don't Know) About the Pardon Power (April 1, 2012). University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2214364

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P. S. Ruckman Jr. (Contact Author)
Rock Valley College ( email )
3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://psruckman.com
Pardon Power Blog ( email )
3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114
United States
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