Synopses & Reviews
Braithwaite's argument against punitive justice systems and for restorative justice systems establishes that there are good theoretical and empirical grounds for anticipating that well designed restorative justice processes will restore victims, offenders, and communities better than existing criminal justice practices. Counterintuitively, he also shows that a restorative justice system may deter, incapacitate, and rehabilitate more effectively than a punitive system. This is particularly true when the restorative justice system is embedded in a responsive regulatory framework that opts for deterrence only after restoration repeatedly fails, and incapacitation only after escalated deterrence fails. Braithwaite's empirical research demonstrates that active deterrence under the dynamic regulatory pyramid that is a hallmark of the restorative justice system he supports, is far more effective than the passive deterrence that is notable in the stricter "sentencing grid" of current criminal justice systems.
Conflict resolution is of increasing interest at all levels of social and political interaction from the interpersonal to the international. Drawing on the author's extensive experience in counseling and mediation, this book provides a practical approach to conflict resolution. Gregory Tillett
covers a wide range of areas including ethical, environmental, industrial, and neighborhood conflict and supports his methods with theory and case studies. This new edition features an emphasis on creative solutions to problem-solving and has been revised to reflect the needs of academics and
professional counselors. It draws on the latest research and case histories.
About the Author
is professor of Law at Australian National University. He is currently a visiting professor at New York University School of Law. He is the author of Responsive Regulation
(OUP,1995) with Ian Ayers.