Criminal Policy in Transition

Criminal Policy in Transition

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Criminal Policy in Transition comes along at a time when the literature in criminology is desperately short of "global" perspectives. It helps fill that gap while it presents important new insights into changing penal policy and practice. That it raises as many questions as it seems to answer is one of its great strengths. The authors write knowledgeably about their home societies without being prematurely bounded by comparative criteria. As a result,they develop a complex and uneven image of similarities and differences, of divergence and convergence through time. In this sense the collection offers a model of how international collaborative work should proceed. The book is the product of a workshop held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) in Onati, Spain. The IISL is a partnership between the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law and the Basque Government
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Product details

  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15mm | 470g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 184113189X
  • 9781841131894

Table of contents

Part 1 Political trends and criminal policy: introduction, Penny Green and Andrew Rutherford; crime control, American style - from social welfare to social control, Katherine Beckett and Bruce Western; an elephant on the doorstep - criminal policy without crime in New Labour's Britain, Andrew Rutherford; youth justice? arguments for holism and democracy in responses to crime, Pat Carlen. Part 2 The managerial agenda: policy and practice in modern Britain - influences, outcomes and civil society, David Faulkner; back to the "iron cage" - the example of the Dutch probation services, Rene van Swaaningen; new managerialism, credibility and the sanitization of criminal justice, Julia Fionda. Part 3 Exclusion in the new Europe: foreigners, migration, immigration and the development of criminal justice in Europe, Hans-Jorg Albrecht; the other in the new Europe - migrations, deviance, social control, Dario Melossi; on the globalization of control - towards an integrated surveillance system in Europe, Thomas Mathiesen. Part 4 Democracy, state power and globalization: criminal justice and democratization in Turkey - the paradox of transition, Penny Green; "Spain is different" - beyond an invisible criminal policy?, Gema Varona; three trends into the new millennium - the managerial, the populist and the road towards global justice, Sebastian Scheerer.
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Review quote

Criminal Policy in Transaction is a fine anthology. Contributing authors provide intersting profiles of criminal justice policy in several countries, speak to issues and themes that are important for our understanding of both crime and criminal punishment, and remind all legal scholars that law and its administration have to be studied in context, both in historical and more gerneral socio-economic terms. Moreover, the authors clearly illustrate the benefit of more international and comparative scrutiny of criminal justice policy and administration. Susette M. Talarico The Law and Politics Book Review July 2001 These contributions are penned by eminent scholars in the criminal policy field and each participant is writing to the very best of their ability.Scheerers meditations upon the nature of an emergent post-modern global empire toward the end of the volume are especially fascinating. James Sheptycki Criminal Justice June 2002
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About Penny Green

Penny Green is a Professor in Law at King's College London. Andrew Rutherford is Dean of the Faculty of Law and Professor of Criminal Policy at the University of Southampton.
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