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Criminal Justice and Political Cultures

Tim Newburn|, Richard Sparks (eds) 
Willan Publishing (22 January 2004)

As crime increasingly crosses national boundaries, and international cooperation in the form of police cooperation, international treaties, protocols and conventions takes firmer shape, so the development of ideas and policy on the control of crime has become an increasingly international and transnational affair. These developments call attention not just to the many points of convergence in the languages and practices of crime control, but also to their persistent differences. However, it remains the case that the mechanisms, directions and outcomes of the flows of criminological commodities is less well understood than commonly assumed.

This book is concerned both with the very specific issue of 'policy transfer' within the crime control arena, and with the issues raised by a more broadly conceptualised idea of comparative policy analysis. The contributions in this book examine the different ways in which ostensibly similar vocabularies, policies and practices are taken up and applied in the distinct settings they encounter.

Just how diverse in terms of their social organization, intellectual formation, political temper and points of intersection with policy networks and the wider public sphere are the 'criminologies' of contemporary European societies? How in turn do the latter intersect with and differ from the language and practice of crime control in North America of other regions of the world? How to approach such questions and how to investigate such variation is a particularly challenging task and the contributors to this volume offer imaginative and innovative approaches to this enormously important contemporary problem for criminology.

This book brings together an influential team of contributors and makes a significant contribution not only to an understanding of the changing nature and shape of crime control policy in late modernity but of the nature of the process of globalisation itself.

This book will be launched on Thursday 22 January in the Robinson Room, Old Building, LSE at 5.30pm. For more information on this, please contact Professor Tim Newburn on 020 7955 6220 or email t.newburn@lse.ac.uk|