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Criminal Policy in Transition

Editor(s): Penny Green, Andrew Rutherford
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Published: 11-12-2000
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 301
ISBN: 9781847313164
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
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About Criminal Policy in Transition

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

Table Of Contents


1. Introduction
Penny Green and Andrew Rutherford

2. Crime Control, American Style: From Social Welfare to Social Control
Katherine Beckett and Bruce Western

3. An Elephant on the Doorstep: Criminal Policy without Crime in New Labour's Britain
Andrew Rutherford

4. Youth Justice? Arguments for Holism and Democracy in Responses to Crime
Pat Carlen


5. Policy and Practice in Modern Britain: Influences, Outcomes and Civil Society
David Faulkner

6. Back to the “Iron Cage”: The Example of the Dutch Probation Service
René van Swaaningen

7. New Managerialism, Credibility and the Sanitisation of Criminal Justice
Julia Fionda


8. Foreigners, Migration, Immigration and the Development of Criminal Justice in Europe
Hans-Jörg Albrecht

9. The Other in the New Europe: Migrations, Deviance, Social Control
Dario Melossi

10. On the Globalisation of Control: Towards an Integrated Surveillance System in Europe
Thomas Mathiesen


11. Criminal Justice and Democratisation in Turkey: The Paradox of Transition
Penny Green

12. “Spain is Different”: Beyond an Invisible Criminal Policy?
Gema Varona

13. Three Trends into the New Millennium: The Managerial, the Populist and the Road Towards Global Justice
Sebastian Scheerer


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

“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

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