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Criminal Justice and Political Cultures

1st Edition

Edited by Tim Newburn, Richard Sparks


288 pages

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As crime increasingly crosses national boundaries, and international co-operation takes firmer shape, so the development of ideas and policy on the control of crime has become an increasingly international and transnational affair. These developments call attention not just to the many points of convergence in the languages and practices of crime control but also to their persistent differences.

This book is concerned both with the very specific issue of 'policy transfer' within the crime control arena, and with the issues raised by a more broadly conceptualized idea of comparative policy analysis. The contributions in the book examine the different ways in which ostensibly similar vocabularies, policies and practices are taken up and applied in the distinct settings they encounter.

Table of Contents

1. Criminal Justice and Political Cultures by Tim Newburn and Richard Sparks 2. Durkheim, Tarde and Beyond: The Global Travel of Crime Policies by Susanne Karstedt 3. Globalising Risk? Distinguishing Styles of 'Neoliberal' Criminal Justice in Australia and the USA by Pat O'Malley 4. Policing, Securitisation and Democratisation in Europe by lan Loader 5. The Cultural Embeddedness of Social Control: Reflections on a Comparison of Italian and North American Cultures Concerning Punishment by Dario Melossi 6. Controlling Measures: The Repackaging of Common-sense Opposition to Women's Imprisonment in England and Canada by Pat Carlen 7. The Convergence of US and UK Crime Control Policy: Exploring Substance and Process by Trevor Jones and Tim Newburn 8. Youth Justice: Globalisation and Multi-modal Governance by John Muncie 9. Importing Criminological Ideas in a New Democracy: Recent South African Experiences by Dirk van Zyl Smit and Elrena van der Spuy 10. Policy Transfer in Local Crime Control: Beyond Nave Emulation by Kevin Stenson and Adam Edwards 11. Containment, Quality of Life and Crime Reduction: Policy Transfers in the Policing of a Heroin Market by David Dixon and Lisa Maher

About the Editors

Tim Newburn is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, and Head of the Social Policy Department at the London School of Economics, UK.

Richard Sparks is Professor of Criminology and Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology