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Comparative Criminal Justice

3rd Edition

By Francis Pakes


248 pages

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This book offers an accessible introduction to comparative criminal justice and examines and reflects on the ways different countries and jurisdictions deal with the main stages in the criminal justice process, from policing to sentencing. This popular bestseller has been fully updated and expanded for the third edition.

This textbook provides the reader with:

  • a comparative perspective on criminal justice and its main components;
  • a knowledge of methodology for comparative research and analysis;
  • an understanding of the emerging concepts in comparative criminal justice, such as security, surveillance, retribution and rehabilitation;
  • a discussion of global trends such as the global drop in crime, the punitive turn, penal populism, privatization, international policing and international criminal tribunals.

The new edition has been fully updated to keep abreast with this growing field of study and research, including increased coverage of the challenge of globalization and its role and influence on criminal justice systems around the world. Topics such as state crime, genocide and the international criminal court have also grown in prominence since the publication of the last edition and are given increased coverage.

This book will be perfect reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates taking courses in comparative criminal justice and those who are engaged in the study of global responses to crime. New features such as lists of further reading, study questions and boxed case studies help bring comparative criminal justice alive for students and instructors alike.


‘Globalized crime is widespread and does not get the level of attention it deserves from governments and policing agencies. This third edition of Comparative Criminal Justice will not disappoint as it helps to unravel the key issues and inform the reader, whether they be students, academics or policymakers, about this still emerging area of criminology.’ - David S. Wall, Professor of Criminology, Durham University, UK

‘Francis Pakes’s Comparative Criminal Justice does an excellent job of raising the profile of the comparative project in both Criminal Justice studies and Criminology. Students of all levels are invited by this book to look beyond borders – something that is well overdue.

It is sometimes claimed that criminals move more easily across borders than Criminal Justice scholars or law enforcement agents. With this up-to-date and accessible textbook, Pakes will convince students of all levels that approaches to crime and criminal justice need to become more diverse and that certain approaches can no longer be ignored.’ - Joanne van der Leun, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

1. Making sense of local and global criminal justice 2. Conducting comparative research in a globalised world 3. Comparing Crime: Finding patterns, uncovering meaning 4. Crime fighters, social workers, torturers: Comparative policing 5. Global cops? Transnational and global policing 6. Prosecution and Pre-trial justice 7. The day in Court: Systems of trial 8. Peers or patriarchs: Judicial decision-makers 9. Sentencing: Punitivity, prison and the death penalty 10. States, State Crimes, and Genocide 11. International criminal justice: Tribunals, Statutes and Prosecutions 12. Concluding Comments.

About the Author

Francis Pakes is a comparative scholar with a particular interest in how globalisation affects criminal justice discourses and practices. He has written extensively on criminal policy in the Netherlands, intersections of mental health and criminal justice and latterly also on fraud and missing persons investigations. He has published several books, including Riot, Unrest and Protest on the Global Stage (with David Pritchard, 2014) and Globalisation and the Challenge to Criminology (2013), an edited collection.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology