Prison rates, social democracy, neoliberalism and justice reinvestment

Brown, David (2012) Prison rates, social democracy, neoliberalism and justice reinvestment. In Carrington, K., Ball, M., O'Brien, E., & Tauri, J. (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : International Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 70-85.

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This chapter will begin with a brief summary of some recent research in the field of comparative penology. This work will be examined to explore the benefits, difficulties and limits of attempting to link criminal justice issues to types of advanced democratic polities, with particular emphasis on political economies. This stream of comparative penology examines data such as imprisonment rates and levels of punitiveness in different countries, before drawing conclusions based on the patterns which seem to emerge. Foremost among these is that the high imprisoning countries tend to be the advanced western liberal democracies which have gone furthest in adopting neoliberal economic and social policies, as against the lower imprisonment rates of social democracies, which variably have attempted to temper free-market economic policies in various ways. Such work brings both social democracy and neoliberalism into focus as issues for, or subjects of, criminology. Not in the sense of new ‘brands’ of criminology but rather as an examination of the connections between the political projects of social democracy and neoliberalism, and issues of crime and criminal justice. In the new comparative penology, social democracy and neoliberalism are cast in opposition, simultaneously raising the questions of to what extent and how adequately both social democracy and neoliberalism have been constituted as subjects in criminology and whether dichotomy is the only available trope of analysis?

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ID Code: 68375
Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137008695
ISBN: 9781137008695
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Palgrave Macmillan
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 00:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 23:00

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