Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Adele egg_2015 Fire TV Stick Beauty Deals Martha Stewart American Made Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer minions minions minions  Amazon Echo Starting at $84.99 Kindle Black Friday Deals Nintendo Digital Games Outdoor Deals on HTL

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Digital List Price: $23.99
Kindle Price: $15.33

Save $11.62 (43%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control Kindle Edition

Rent from
New from Used from
"Please retry"
Kindle, September 29, 2008

Length: 264 pages

Between the World and Me
2015 National Book Awards - Nonfiction Winner
Get your copy of this year's National Book Award winner for nonfiction, "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Hardcover | Kindle book | See more winners

Editorial Reviews


"Offers a valuable contribution to the growing field...a compelling, detailed, and informative account of the degree to which federalism and the division of power constrain efforts to influence the crime policy-making process."--Political Science Quarterly

"An important contribution to the literature on the US punishment boom and problems of American democracy generally."--Contemporary Sociology

"Miller has produced an important, theoretically rich, and arguably counterintuitive work that convincingly argues that local environments are being disserved with respect to crime policy when higher level (i.e., state and federal) governmental entities hold the balance of power....Highly recommended."--CHOICE

"Miller artfully tackles a critical question: why have the people most negatively affected by crime and tough penal policies--who tend to live in poor urban neighborhoods--been so marginalized in national and state-level debates over criminal justice? Her keen analysis helps explain why retributive, law-and-order approaches win out time and again over alternative crime-control strategies like economic development, job training, better schools, and more social services for disadvantaged communities."--Marie Gottschalk, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Prison and the Gallows

"This is a breakthrough book that for the first time brings structure of American federalism into the center of the analysis of America's punitive turn and the politics of crime control. Miller has produced compelling evidence that our political institutions, rather than our social peculiarities, provide the most significant explanation for our unprecedented degree of punitiveness."--Jonathan Simon, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley Law School, and author of Governing through Crime

"Lisa Miller has produced a powerfully thoughtful empirical analysis of the various ways that American federalism amplifies some conflicts and mutes others in our ongoing debates about how best to reduce the harms associated with crime and punishment....while advancing a complex, significant, and timely argument, the book remains highly readable from start to finish....the detailed, rigorous, and innovative empirical analysis provided in this book contributes to filling a major gap....The data provided are rich and multilayered; the argument presented is concise, subtle, and persuasive....Miller's focus on agenda-setting and the relationship between structure and agency make this book an enormous breakthrough....The Perils of Federalism is a must-read."--Law & Politics Book Review

"Perhaps the most important measure of the importance of the The Perils of Federalism has been the wave of research that followed Miller's lead, blending insights from political science and sociology to better understand contemporary punishment. This recent body of work has greatly improved our understanding of the causes, consequences, and nature of the punitive turn." -- Punishment and Society

About the Author

Lisa L. Miller is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2638 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001H53VJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in