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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
The death penalty reduces America's soft power in the form of attractiveness abroad and the use of torture makes America look hypocritical (
Nye, p. 267
The mechanisms by which torture translates into reductions of soft power are unclear and rely on an assumption that the public abroad will observe the actions of the US closely.
The link between torture and reduction in soft power was
for misusing collective action theory.