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Title: Analysing the reasons for the use of the death penalty in Singapore through Bentham’s utilitarianism : can the noose be loosened?
Authors: Priyanna Subramaniam
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science::Political theory
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Project: HAa19_09
Abstract: Up until 2012, Singapore imposed a mandatory drug penalty for drug-related offences. The government claims that this use of death penalty produces a deterrence effect on future-offenders. However, recent studies have shown that the correlation between deterrence and capital punishment is ambiguous. Despite this, Singapore’s retentionist position towards the death penalty raises the question of whether the government’s largely utilitarian attitude towards policymaking and governance can truly be attributed to the greater good of society. By establishing the grounds on which the government retains the death penalty, and analysing this through Bentham’s utilitarian approach towards crime and punishment, this paper establishes that capital punishment is not justified in the government’s war against drug trafficking in the region as the assumptions and defenses given for the use of capital punishment, including the rationale for deterrence, hinder the greater objective of the collective good that the nation is in pursuit of.
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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