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‘Dragonisation’ revisited: A progressive criminal justice policy in Wales?

Evans, Jonathan, Jones, Robert and Musgrove, Nerys 2021. ‘Dragonisation’ revisited: A progressive criminal justice policy in Wales? Criminology and Criminal Justice 10.1177/1748895821990428

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The concept of ‘dragonisation’ was the first authoritative attempt to engage with criminal justice policy in post-devolution Wales. Its central claim, that devolution created the space and conditions for progressive justice policy to flourish in Wales while remaining part of the unitary England and Wales jurisdiction, remains largely unchallenged more than a decade since it first entered Welsh criminological vocabulary. By reviewing policy developments and drawing upon empirical research, this article revisits dragonisation to assess the extent to which Welsh policy has continued to diverge from England since the formative years of devolution. The arguments presented here contribute to emerging discussions over the future of criminal justice policy in Wales and form part of a wider criminological research agenda aimed at producing fine-grained territorial analyses of criminal justice practices, including differences within the same jurisdiction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Wales Governance Centre (WGCES)
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1748-8958
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: January 2021
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 13:33

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