'Crossing the line': Criminological expertise, policy advice and the 'quarrelling society'

Drake, Deborah H. & Walters, Reece (2015) 'Crossing the line': Criminological expertise, policy advice and the 'quarrelling society'. Critical Social Policy, 35(3), pp. 414-433.

View at publisher


In October 2009, Professor David Nutt, eminent neuropsychopharmacologist and world leading expert on drugs, was dismissed as Chair of the UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for comments he made at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ Eve Saville lecture. This article considers the role of evidence in political decision-making through the case of David Nutt. It is argued that the status of expert knowledge is in crisis for both the natural and the social sciences. We examine the role of the criminological advisor within emerging discourses of public criminology and suggest that high-stakes political issues can open up unprecedented opportunities for critical voices to engage in unbridled critique and to mobilise movements of dissent.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 86058
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: criminology, criminal justice policy, dissent, drugs policy, expert knowledge, government, public criminology
DOI: 10.1177/0261018315589448
ISSN: 1461-703X
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2015 22:50
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015 00:32

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page