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This book provides an overview of recent government initiatives in the field of crime and punishment, reviewing both the policies themselves, the perceived problems and issues they seek to address, and the broader social and political context in which this is taking place.


The underlying theme of the book is that a qualitative change has taken place in the politics of crime control in the UK since the early 1990s. Although crime has ...

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The New Politics of Crime Punishment

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Overview

This book provides an overview of recent government initiatives in the field of crime and punishment, reviewing both the policies themselves, the perceived problems and issues they seek to address, and the broader social and political context in which this is taking place.


The underlying theme of the book is that a qualitative change has taken place in the politics of crime control in the UK since the early 1990s. Although crime has stabilised, imprisonment rates continue to climb, there is a new mood of punitiveness, and crime has become a central policy issue for the government, no longer just a technical matter of law enforcement. At the same time the politics of crime control have taken on a pronounced gender, race and age preoccupation.


This book will be essential reading for anybody seeking an understanding of why crime and criminal justice policy have risen to the top of the political agenda.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135994822
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
About the contributors
1 New Labour, crime control and social exclusion 1
2 Winning the fight against crime? New Labour, populism and lost opportunities 33
3 Institutional racism in policing: the Macpherson report and its consequences 48
4 Youth justice in England and Wales 71
5 It's the family, stupid: continuities and reinterpretations of the dysfunctional family as the cause of crime in three political periods 100
6 Drugs: the great cannabis debate 111
7 Urban regeneration and crime reduction: contradictions and dilemmas 129
8 The politics of policing: managerialism, modernization and performance 154
9 Of crowds, crimes and carnivals 178
10 Probation into the millennium: the punishing service? 199
11 Rethinking penal policy: towards a systems approach 223
Index 250
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