When Children Kill Children : Penal Populism and Political Culture
The book explores the reasons underlying the vastly differing responses of the English and Norwegian criminal justice systems to the cases of James Bulger and Silje Redergard respectively. Whereas James Bulger's killers were subject to extreme press and public hostility, held in secure detention for nine months and tried in an adverserial court; Redergard's killers were shielded from public antagonism and carefully reintegrated into the local community. This book argues that English adverserial
political culture creates far more incentives to politicize high-profile crimes than Norwegian consensus political culture. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research, the author suggests that the tendency for politicians to justify punitive responses to crime by invoking harsh political attitudes is
based upon a flawed understanding of public opinion.
In a compelling study, this book proposes a more deliberative response to crime that accommodates the informed public in news ways - ways that might help build social capital and remove incentives for cynical penal populism.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 140 x 215 x 19mm | 432g
- 30 Apr 2012
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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three. A remarkable feat of critical scholarship. A genuinely enlightening book. * Chris Greer, City University London * Many people talk of the need for comparative method in criminology, few have attempted it and even fewer contribute so imaginatively to the forefront of scholarship as does David Green in this study. * Jock Young, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Author of The Criminological Imagination *
About David A. Green
European Journal of Criminology, and Crime, Media, Culture. His first book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and won the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize. He was selected as a Straus Fellow at New York
University's Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice for 2010-11.