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Policy mobilities and comparative penality

Newburn, Tim, Jones, Trevor ORCID: and Blaustein, Jarrett 2018. Policy mobilities and comparative penality. Theoretical Criminology 22 (4) , pp. 563-581. 10.1177/1362480617713985

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The study of ‘policy transfer’ has been subject to sustained criticism, in particular by critical policy studies scholars. This critique - together with the rather marginal role that policy transfer research has played in criminological debates to date - raises questions about the continued utility of such research in scholarly discussions of crime control and penal policy-making. However, we argue here that such studies can enhance our understanding of the local, national and global influences over crime control policy formation. In particular, the developing interest in comparative criminology, in the political economy of punishment, and in the ‘proximate causes’ of penal change, are all areas to which this work can make a useful contribution. Although we feel that some elements of the critique are over-stated, the critical policy studies notions of ‘mobilities’ and ‘assemblages’ offer important advances that capture more fully the complexities of the processes involved in the cross-national movement of penal policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy transfer; policy mobilities; punishment; political economy; penality; comparative penal policy
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1362-4806
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 21 April 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:33

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