Illusions of Difference: Comparative Youth Justice in the Devolved UK

Muncie, J (2011) Illusions of Difference: Comparative Youth Justice in the Devolved UK. British Journal of Criminology, 51(1), pp. 40-57.

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Surprisingly, there has been little or no systematic research to date that has explored the significance of UK devolution for youth justice policy and practice. This article explores the extent of differential justice in the United Kingdom, particularly as it is expressed in the myriad action plans, criminal justice reviews, frameworks for action, delivery plans and offending strategies that have surfaced since 1998. In particular, the article considers how far policy convergence and divergence are reflected through the discourses of risk, welfare, restoration and children's rights in the four administrations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For comparative criminology, the United Kingdom offers a unique opportunity to explore how international and national pressures towards convergence and/or divergence can be challenged, rebranded, versioned, adapted or resisted at sub-national and local levels.

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ID Code: 51903
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azq062
ISSN: 0007-0955
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:36
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 00:41

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