December, 2017

Money and the Governance of Punishment: New book published by Patricia Faraldo

Monday, December 18th, 2017















[ENG] The London-based academic publisher Routledge has just published Patricia Faraldo‘s new book, titled ‘Money and the Governance of Punishment: A Genealogy of the Penal Fine‘.


Money is the most frequently means used in the legal system to punish and regulate. Monetary penalties outnumber all other sanctions delivered by criminal justice in many jurisdictions, imprisonment included. More people pay fines than go to prison and in some jurisdictions many of those in prison are there because of failure to pay their fines. Therefore, it is surprising how little has been written in the Anglophone academic world about the nature of money sanctions and their specific characteristics as legal sanctions.

In many ways, legal innovations related to money sanctions have been poorly understood. This book argues that they are a direct consequence of the changing meaning of money. Considering the ‘meaninglessness’ of modern money, the book aims to examine the history of changing conceptions in how fines have been conceived and used. Using a set of interpretative techniques sensitive to how money and freedom are perceived, the genealogy of the penal fine is presented as a story of constant reformulation in response to shifting political pressures and changes in intellectual developments that influenced ideological commitments of legislators and practitioners.

This book is multi-disciplinary and will appeal to those engaged with criminology, sociology and philosophy of punishment, socio-legal studies, and criminal law.


“Fines are by far the most common form of punishment in consumer societies, yet the Anglophone world has largely overlooked their rapid growth since the 18th Century. This book fills that gap. It documents the history of punitive rationalities, meticulously charting the transformations in how the penal fine has been conceived over the last two hundred years. Over that time the meaning of money has changed, impacting on legal culture and practice, leading to the increased use of the penal fine as an alternative to imprisonment for a criminal offence. This is to be lauded given the failure of the prison as a rehabilitative practice. Given the vast disparities in wealth distribution, implementing a system of fines that is fair is fraught with layers of complexity, as Patricia Faraldo Cabana carefully articulates. Money and the Governance of Punishmentargues that the more money has become synonymous with freedom, the bigger the bite of the fine to exercise the power to punish through the constraint of the liberty. There is much to appeal to a wide multi-disciplinary readership from legal studies, history, criminology, penology and sociology. I commend it to you.”

Kerry Carrington, Professor and Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

“The book offers thought provoking reading of the history and development of the most used but least studied part of the criminal justice/(criminal sanction system). It takes the reader to a cross-comparative tour from the times of Beccaria and Bentham to the present day with rich historical materials, fascinating analyses, and, ultimately, a well-argued proposal for a more equal and fair system of criminal sanctions.”

Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Professor and Director of the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki, Finland

“In Money and the Governance of Punishment Patricia Faraldo Cabana has guided us through her powerful reconstruction of the history and development of pecuniary punishments throughout Europe, as well as of their use and meaning today. What is particularly insightful and compelling in Faraldo Cabana’s volume is her ability to shed light at the same time on the legal structure and on the economy of the major European countries, looking at them from the very special vintage point of the fine, a perspective which links penality and the economy together. A veritable tour de force!”

Dario Melossi, Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, University of Bologna, Italy

Table of Contents


1. Making offenders pay

2. The fine as the ideal penal sanction in the age of the Enlightenment

3. The impersonality of money: why and how fines paid by an innocent third party were prohibited

4. The unequal distribution of money and the (un)fairness of fines: why and how fines were made affordable

5. The expansion of the fine in the twentieth century

6. The triumph of the day-fine system? National perspectives and comparative approaches

7. What next?

Prof Ian Loader’s lectures

Saturday, December 16th, 2017



[ENG] The PhD Programme in Law of the University of A Coruna (UDC), in collaboration with the ECRIM and the GET research group, invited Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology of the University of Oxford (England, UK) to lecture at the UDC. On Tuesday, December 12, Prof Loader gave a talk at the Sociology School on ‘The Landscapes and Netscapes of In/Security‘ (co-organised by Prof Carmen Lamela), in which he discussed his most recent work, which revisits research concerns previously developed in his 2000 co-authored book ‘Crime and Social Change in Middle England’. Subsequently, Prof Loader gave a talk for students of the UDC’s PhD Programme in Law on ‘How to get published in an international peer-reviewed journal‘.

The Political Economy of Punishment: New book co-edited by José Ángel Brandariz

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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[ENG] The London-based publisher Routledge has just published the book The Political Economy of Punishment Today: Visions, debates and challenges. This book has been co-edited by the ECRIM member José Ángel Brandariz, together with Dario Melossi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Máximo Sozzo (National University of the Litoral, Argentina). This book includes an article authored by Patricia Faraldo, as well as another one written by José Ángel Brandariz. This book has been edited based on the lectures and talks given within an international conference on the political economy of punishment, which was held at the University of A Coruna in September 2014.

INTRODUCTION: Over the last fifteen years, the analytical field of punishment and society
has witnessed an increase of research developing the connection
between economic processes and the evolution of penality from
different standpoints, focusing particularly on the increase of rates of
incarceration in relation to the transformations of neoliberal capitalism.
Bringing together leading researchers from diverse geographical
contexts, this book reframes the theoretical field of the political
economy of punishment, analysing penality within the current
economic situation and connecting contemporary penal changes with
political and cultural processes. It challenges the traditional and
common sense understanding of imprisonment as ‘exclusion’ and posits
a more promising concept of imprisonment as a ‘differential’ or
‘subordinate’ form of ‘inclusion’.
This groundbreaking book will be a key text for scholars who are
working in the field of punishment and society as well as reaching a
broader audience within law, sociology, economics, criminology and
criminal justice studies.

The Political Economy of Punishment Today: An Introduction
(José A. Brandariz-García, Dario Melossi and Máximo Sozzo; 1.
Between Struggles and Discipline: Marx and Foucault on
Penality and the Critique of Political Economy (Dario Melossi;
2. The Renaissance of The Political Economy of Punishment
from a Comparative Perspective (Máximo Sozzo; 3. For and
Against the Political Economy of Punishment: Thoughts on
Bourdieu and Punishment (Ignacio González-Sánchez; 4. Do
Economic Depressions Reduce the Use of Fines? Revisiting
Rusche and Kirchheimer’s Punishment and Social Structure
(Patricia Faraldo Cabana; 5. From One Recession to Another:
The Lessons of a Long-Term Political Economy of Punishment.
The Example of Belgium (1830-2014) (Charlotte Vanneste; 6.
Political Economy and Punishment in Australia (Hilde Tubex;
7. Punishment in A Hybrid Political Economy: The Italian Case
(1970-2010) (Zelia A. Gallo; 8. ‘A Return to Gulags’? Explaining
Trends in Post-Soviet Prison Rates (Gavin Slade; 9. Inclusion’s
Dark Side: The Political Economy of Irregular Migration in
Greece (Leonidas K. Cheliotis) ; 10. Reflections on Spanish
Policies of Migration Control: A Political Economic Reading
on the Punishment of Migrants (José Ángel Brandariz-García;