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Punishment as Communication: Transgressors’ Interpretation and Understanding of Punishment

Project description

Testing the communicative theory of punishment

A central purpose of punishment is to communicate to offenders the condemnation of their actions. Parents discipline their children when they misbehave and courts sentence convicted criminals to prison. Punishment will fail if the transgressors disregard or fail to understand the intended message. The EU-funded PUNISH project will investigate the types of messages transgressors receive through punishment (why they think they are being punished) and how they respond to it. For instance, do they feel remorse or ill-treated. The project will build a theoretical framework (legal philosophy, social psychology and behavioural economics) and test hypotheses in controlled experimental lab studies and in a court setting.


Net EU contribution
€ 87 403,20
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00