Privatising Justice

Privatising Justice : The Security Industry and Crime Control

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Privatising Justice examines the accelerated privatisation of the criminal justice system, to show how the character of the private-state is not a journey of modernising, but a complete reversal of previous economic tendencies. The dynamics of neoliberalism - the successor to the Keynesian welfare state - are surveyed through an examination of the probation service, the police service and prisons. The growth in the private policing of public space as well as the changes within the traditional criminal justice agencies provide an opportunity to theorise changes in the politico-economic order and locate them within global economic, social and political structures. The anachronism of the security industry is hereby revealed in the study of its organisation and culture, which identifies the working classes as a `risk group', marginalising them in a manner reminiscent of the early nineteenth century.This book is a powerful petition for the exclusion of private enterprise from the public sector and an argument against neoliberalism as a modernising economic more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20mm | 314g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399231
  • 9780745399232

About Wendy Fitzgibbon

Wendy Fitzgibbon is Reader in Criminology at the University of Leicester. A former Probation Officer, she is the author of a major study on the crisis in probation in the years leading up to privatisation: Probation and Social Work on Trial: Violent Offenders and Child Abusers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). John Lea is Honorary Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Crime and Modernity: Continuities in Left Realist Criminology (Sage, 2002). Instrumental in the development of Left Realist Criminology, he is the co-author of What is to Be Done about Law and Order?: Crisis in the Nineties (Pluto Press, 1993).show more

Table of contents

Part One: Introduction 1. The Modern State and the Decline of 'Old' Privatisation 2. Neoliberalism, Security and New Privatisation Part Two: The Advance of Privatisation 3. The Private Governance of Public Space 4. Outsourcing the State Part Three: The Structure of the Private State 5. The Organisation and Culture of the 'Security-Industrial Complex' 6. Mechanisms of Entanglement 7. Towards the Private State?show more