When Brute Force Fails

Now available for pre-order from Princeton University Press and Amazon.

… now available for pre-order from Princeton University Press and Amazon.com. PUP gives the publication date as October, Amazon as September 9. The plan is to have books in stores by mid-August.

Princeton’s designers have lived up to their reputation for making beautiful jackets:

wbbf jacket.jpg

UPDATE (M.O’H): Mark typically upstages himself kvelling about someone else’s work. The jacket? Allow me to tell you about the actual book::

Crime is costly. Punishment is costly. Obviously, the iron discipline of the production possibility frontier forces us to trade these against each other: for less crime, we need to put more people in prison. But many obvious things are not so, including this one. As Bob Leone used to point out, no system is actually operating at its PPF, and in any case, you can move the PPF up and to the right if you aren’t paralyzed by the illusion of imminent collision with a binding constraint. By being smart instead of vindictive, Mark relocates the PPF for less crime and less punishment way out there, and shows us how to go far beyond where we used to think it was on both dimensions. This book is the order of battle for a historic victory of smart over evil.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com