David Skarbek
King's College



(Friday, 26th May 2017)

Title : The emergence and operation of informal institutions in prison

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Why does prison social order vary around the world? While many of the basic characteristics of prisons are similar globally, the extent and form of informal inmate institutions varies substantially. This talk outlines a governance theory of prison social order. It examines cases from Brazil, Bolivia, England, Scandinavia, and men’s and women’s prisons in California.

Bibliographical references :

Skarbek, D. (2010). Putting the "con" into constitutions: the economics of prison gangs. Journal of Law, Economics, and organization26(2), 183-211.

Skarbek, D. (2017). Covenants without the Sword? Comparing Prison Self-Governance Globally. American Political Science Review, 110(4) 2016: 845-862.