Testing Lay Intuitions of Justice: How and Why?

25 Pages Posted: 23 May 2003 Last revised: 11 Sep 2008

Paul H. Robinson

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Abstract

Part I of this Article summarizes the arguments as to why lay intuitions of justice are important for criminal law rule-makers. Part II sketches the challenges at reliably determining those intuitions and describes methodology worked out to meet those challenges. Part III looks briefly at one simple study to illustrate the methodology, which has been used on a wide variety of issues, as described in Part IV.

Keywords: justice, punishment, community

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Paul H., Testing Lay Intuitions of Justice: How and Why?. Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 28, pp. 611-634, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=381420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.381420

Paul H. Robinson (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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