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Public safety regimes: Negotiated orders and political analysis in criminology

Edwards, Adam Michael ORCID: and Hughes, Gordon 2012. Public safety regimes: Negotiated orders and political analysis in criminology. Criminology and Criminal Justice 12 (4) , pp. 433-458. 10.1177/1748895811431850

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Implicit in the concept of negotiated orders is an understanding of the social productivity of political power; the power to accomplish governing programmes for citizens as much as the power over citizens for the purposes of social control. This distinction is especially pertinent for the role of political analysis in critical criminological thought, where criticism of the authoritarian state has vied with studies of governmentality and governance to explain the exercise of political power beyond the State and with the distinction between politics and administration found in liberal criminology. Outside of criminology, political economists interested in the ‘power to’ govern suggest its analysis in terms of ‘regimes’ of advocacy coalitions that struggle for the capacity to govern complex problems and populations in specific social contexts. Regime formation or failure can differ in character, and in outcomes, as much within nation states as between them and in relation to different kinds of governing problems. The article considers the applicability of regime theory to the negotiation of ‘public safety’, a governing problem which is a particular focus for political analysis within criminology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical criminology; negotiated orders; political analysis; public safety; regime theory; socially productive power
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1748-8958
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2022 08:44

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