Reiner, Robert

Professor Emeritus Robert Reiner  

Department

Position held

Emeritus Professor of Criminology

 

Experience keywords:

crime media; crime trends; crime; criminal justice; criminology; police and the media; police culture; police politics and policy; public order

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For most of my career my principal research interest has been the politics of policing, on which I have completed several empirical studies and continue to publish. Between 1994-8 I conducted (with Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Jessica Allen) an ESRC-funded project analysing changing media representations of crime since World War II, which has resulted in several papers in recent years.

In recent years I have been researching and writing on the political economy of crime and crime control. This is reflected in my 2007 Polity book 'Law and Order: An Honest Citizen's Guide to Crime and Control', and several essays. A selection of my papers with a new theoretical introduction is to be published later this year by Ashgate, under the title 'Policing, Popular Culture and Political Economy: Towards A Social Democratic Criminology'.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 7253

LSE email:

r.reiner@lse.ac.uk

Publications

2017

Reiner, Robert (2017) Social control In: Brisman, A. and Carrabine, E. and South, N., (eds.) Criminological Theory and Concepts. Routledge Companion. Routledge, London, UK, 494-497. ISBN 9781138818996

Reiner, Robert (2017) Political economy, crime, and criminal justice In: Liebling, A. and Maruna, S. and McAra, L., (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford Handbook Series. Oxford University Press, 116-137. ISBN 9780198719441

Jones, Trevor and Newburn, Tim and Reiner, Robert (2017) Policing and the police In: Liebling, Alison and Maruna, Shadd and McAra, Lesley, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 769-797. ISBN 9780198719441

Jones, Trevor and Newburn, Tim and Reiner, Robert (2017) Policing and the police In: Liebling, Alison and Maruna, S. and McAra, L., (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology 6th. Ed. Oxford Handbook Series. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 769-796. ISBN 9780198719441

Reiner, Robert (2017) Is Police culture cultural? Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, 11 (3). 236-241. ISSN 1752-4512

2016

Bowling, Ben and Iyer, Shruti and Reiner, Robert and Sheptycki, James (2016) Policing: past, present, and future In: Matthews, Roger, (ed.) What is to Be Done About Crime and Punishment? Towards a 'Public Criminology'. Palgrave, London, UK, 123-158. ISBN 9781137572271

Reiner, Robert (2016) Conservatives and the Constabulary in Great Britain: cross-dressing conundrums In: Deflem, Mathieu, (ed.) The Politics of Policing: Between Force and Legitimacy. Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, 21. Emerald Publishing, Bingley, UK, 79-96. ISBN 9781786350305

Reiner, Robert (2016) Crime, the mystery of the common-sense concept Polity, UK. ISBN 9780745660301 (In Press)

2015

Reiner, Robert (2015) Crime: concepts, causes, control In: Holborn, Martin, (ed.) Contemporary Sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 566-597. ISBN 9780745661827

Reiner, Robert and O'Connor, Denis (2015) Politics and policing: the terrible twins In: Fleming, Jenny, (ed.) Police leadership: rising to the top. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 42-70. ISBN 9780745661827

Reiner, Robert (2015) Power to the people? a social democratic critique of the coalition government’s police reforms In: Lister, Stuart and Rowe, Michael, (eds.) Accountability of Policing. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice. Routledge, London, UK, 132-149. ISBN 9780415715331

Reiner, Robert (2015) Prologue: political economy and policing: a tale of two Freudian slips In: Mitsilegas, Valsamis and Alldridge, Peter and Cheliotis, Leonidas, (eds.) Globalisation Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Theoretical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 65-86. ISBN 9781849464741

Reiner, Robert (2015) Reflections on Michael Freeman’s "law and order in 1984" In: Diduck, Alison and Peleg, Noam and Reece, Helen, (eds.) Law in society: reflections on children, family, culture and philosophy: essays in honour of Michael Freeman. Human rights and humanitarian law e-books online, collection 2016. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 273-292. ISBN 9789004261495

Reiner, Robert (2015) Revisiting the classics: three seminal founders of the study of policing: Michael Banton, Jerome Skolnick and Egon Bittner Policing and Society, 25 (3). 308-327. ISSN 1043-9463

2013

Reiner, Robert (2013) Who governs?: democracy, plutocracy, science and prophecy in policing Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13 (2). 161-180. ISSN 1748-8958

2012

Reiner, Robert (2012) Political economy and criminology: the return of the repressed In: Hall, Steve and Winlow, Simon, (eds.) New Directions in Criminological Theory. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, 30-51. ISBN 9781843929130

Greer, Chris and Reiner, Robert (2012) Mediated mayhem: media, crime, criminal justice In: Maguire, Mike and Morgan, Rod and Reiner, Robert, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 245-278. ISBN 9780199590278

Newburn, Tim and Reiner, Robert (2012) Policing and the police In: Maguire, Mike and Morgan, Rod and Reiner, Robert, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 806-837. ISBN 9780199590278

Reiner, Robert (2012) Casino capital’s crimes: political economy, crime, and criminal justice In: Maguire, Mike and Morgan, Rod and Reiner, Robert, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 301-335. ISBN 9780199590278

Reiner, Robert (2012) We must acknowledge the limits of policing and punishment in the absence of social justice British Politics and Policy at LSE (30 Jan 2012) Blog entry

Reiner, Robert (2012) In praise of fire brigade policing: contra common sense conceptions of the police role What if...? series of challenging pamphlets. The Howard League for Penal Reform, London, UK. ISBN 9781905994380

Reiner, Robert (2012) What's Left?: the prospects for social democratic criminology Crime, Media, Culture, 8 (2). 135-150. ISSN 1741-6590

Reiner, Robert (2012) Policing and social democracy: resuscitating a lost perspective Journal of Police Studies, 2012 (4/25). 97-114.

Maguire, Mike and Morgan, Rod and Reiner, Robert, eds (2012) The Oxford handbook of criminology 5th, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199590278

2011

Reiner, Robert (2011) What causes crime? In: Khan, Sadiq, (ed.) Punishment and Reform: How Our Criminal Justice System Can Cut Crime. Fabian ideas (630). Fabian Society, London, UK, 86-94. ISBN 9780716306306

Reiner, Robert (2011) Policing, popular culture and political economy: towards a social democratic criminology Pioneers in contemporary criminology. Ashgate, Farnham, UK. ISBN 9781409426363

2010

Reiner, Robert (2010) New theories of policing: a social democratic critique In: Downes, David and Hobbs, Richard and Newburn, Tim, (eds.) The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays for Paul Rock. Oxford University Press, 141-182. ISBN 9780199580231

Reiner, Robert (2010) Who put politics into the police? British Politics and Policy at LSE (18 Mar 2010) Blog entry

Reiner, Robert (2010) The politics of the police 4th, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199283392

Shepherd, Jonathan and Pease, Ken and Reiner, Robert and Squires, Peter and Westmarland, Louise (2010) Debating policing research: a research council for crime and justice? Criminal Justice Matters, 80 (1). 2-5. ISSN 1934-6220

Reiner, Robert (2010) Citizenship, crime, criminalization: marshalling a social democratic perspective New Criminal Law Review, 13 (2). 241-261. ISSN 1933-4206

Reiner, Robert (2010) Political economy, crime and criminal justice: a plea for a social democratic perspective - Politische Ökonomie, Kriminalität und Strafrechtspflege: ein Plädoyer für eine sozialdemokratische Perspektive Kriminologisches Journal, 42 (1). 41-58. ISSN 0341-1966

2008

Reiner, Robert (2008) The law and order trap Soundings, 40 (12). 123-134. ISSN 1091-8728

Reiner, Robert (2008) Policing and the media In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of Policing. Willan Publishing, Oregon, USA, 313-335. ISBN 9781843923237

2007

Maguire, M. and Morgan, R. and Reiner, R., eds (2007) The Oxford handbook of criminology Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199205448

Reiner, Robert and Newburn, T. (2007) Crime and penal policy In: Seldon, A., (ed.) Blair's Britain: 1997-2007. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 318-340. ISBN 9780521709460

Reiner, R. and Newburn, R. (2007) Police research In: King, R. and Wincup, E., (eds.) Doing Research on Crime and Justice. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 343-374. ISBN 9780199287628

Reiner, Robert (2007) Political economy, crime and criminal justice In: Maguire, M. and Morgan, R. and Reiner, Robert, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, 341-380. ISBN 978-0-19-920543-1

Reiner, Robert (2007) Law and order: a 20:20 vision In: Holder, Jane and O'Cinneide, Colm, (eds.) Current Legal Problems 2006. Current legal problems, 59. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 129-60. ISBN 9780199212118

Reiner, Robert (2007) Neophilia or back to basics?: policing research and the seductions of crime control Policing and Society, 17 (1). 89-101. ISSN 1043-9463

Reiner, R. and Newburn, T. (2007) Policing and the police In: Maguire, M. and Morgan, R. and Reiner, R., (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 910-952. ISBN 0199205434

Reiner, Robert (2007) Media made criminality: the representation of crime in the mass media In: Maguire, M and Morgan, R and Reiner, Robert, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 302-337. ISBN 9780199205431

Reiner, R. (2007) Criminology as a vocation In: Downes, David and Rock, Paul and Chinkin, Christine and Gearty, Conor, (eds.) Crime, Social Control and Human Rights: From Moral Panics to States of Denial. Willan Publishing, Cullompton, UK, 407-421. ISBN 9781843922285

Reiner, Robert (2007) Success or statistics?: New Labour and crime control Criminal Justice Matters, 67 (1). 4-37. ISSN 0962-7251

Reiner, Robert (2007) Law and order: an honest citizen’s guide to crime and control Polity, U.K.. ISBN 9780745629964

2006

Reiner, R. (2006) Neo-liberalism, crime and criminal justice Renewal: a Journal of Labour Poliltics, 14 (3). 10-22. ISSN 0968-252X

Reiner, Robert (2006) Media, crime, law and order Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 12. 5-21. ISSN 1360-4449

Reiner, Robert (2006) Beyond risk: a lament for social democratic criminology In: Newburn, Tim and Rock, Paul, (eds.) The Politics of Crime Control: Essays in Honour of David Downes. Clarendon studies in criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 7-49. ISBN 9780199208401

2005

Reiner, Robert (2005) Be tough on a crucial cause of crime - neoliberalism Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

2004

Newburn, Tim and Reiner, Robert (2004) From PC Dixon to Dixon plc: policing and police powers since 1954 Criminal Law Review. 601-618. ISSN 0011-135X

2003

Reiner, Robert (2003) Policing and the media In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of Policing. Willan, Cullompton, UK, 259-281. ISBN 1843920190

Reiner, Robert and Livingstone, Sonia and Allen, Jessica (2003) From law and order to lynch mobs: crime news since the second world war In: Mason, Paul, (ed.) Criminal Visions: Media Representations of Crime and Justice. Willan, Cullompton, UK, 13-32. ISBN 1843920131

2002

Reiner, Robert (2002) Prisoners in the cage: the fear of crime and the end of social optimism Times Literary Supplement. ISSN 0307-661X

Reiner, Robert (2002) Justice In: Penner, James E. and Schiff, David and Nobles, Richard, (eds.) Introduction to Jurisprudence and Legal Theory: Commentary And. Material. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 719-778. ISBN 9780406946782

Reiner, Robert (2002) Classical social theory and law In: Penner, James and Schiff, David and Nobles, Richard, (eds.) Introduction to Jurisprudence and Legal Theory: Commentary and Materials. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 230-278. ISBN 9780406946782

Reiner, Robert (2002) The organization and accountability of the police In: McConville, Mike and Wilson, Geoffrey, (eds.) The Handbook of the Criminal Justice Process. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 21-42. ISBN 9780199254606

Reiner, Robert (2002) Media made criminality: The representation of crime in the mass media In: Reiner, Robert and Maguire, Mike and Morgan, Rod, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 302-340. ISBN 9780199256099

Reiner, Robert (2002) The first cut is the deepest: criminological texts and the return of the repressed In: McKenzie, Ian. K and Bull, Ray, (eds.) Criminal Justice Research: Inspiration, Influence and Ideation. Ashgate, Aldershot, 3-30. ISBN 9780754621485

2001

Reiner, Robert (2001) The rise of virtual vigilantism: crime reporting since World War II Criminal Justice Matters, 43 (1). 4-5. ISSN 0962-7251

Reiner, Robert and Livingstone, Sonia and Allen, Jessica (2001) Casino culture: media and crime in a winner-loser society In: Stenson, Kevin and Sullivan, Robert R., (eds.) Crime, Risk and Justice: the Politics of Crime Control in Liberal Democracies. Willan Publishing, Cullompton, UK, 174-194. ISBN 1903240387

2000

Reiner, Robert (2000) Policing and the media In: Leishman, Frank and Loveday, Barry and Savage, Stephen, (eds.) Core Issues in Policing. Pearson Education, Harlow, 52-66. ISBN 9780582369863

Reiner, Robert and Newburn, Tim (2000) Police research In: King, Roy and Wincup, Emma, (eds.) Doing Research on Crime and Justice. Oxford University Press, U.K.. ISBN 9780585361260

Reiner, Robert (2000) Crime and control in Britain Sociology, 34 (1). 71-94. ISSN 0038-0385

Reiner, Robert and Livingstone, Sonia and Allen, Jessica (2000) No more happy endings? The media and popular concern about crime since the second world war In: Hope, Tim and Sparks, Richard, (eds.) Crime, Risk and Insecurity: Law and Order in Everyday Life and Political Discourse. Routledge, London, UK, 107-126. ISBN 0415243440

Reiner, Robert (2000) The politics of the police 3rd, Oxford University Press, U.K.. ISBN 978-0-19-876543-1

1999

Reiner, Robert (1999) Order and discipline In: Gamble, Andrew, (ed.) Fundamentals in British Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, 163-181. ISBN 9780312226503

1998

Allen, Jessica and Livingstone, Sonia and Reiner, Robert (1998) True lies: changing images of crime in British postwar cinema European Journal of Communication, 13 (1). 53-75. ISSN 1460-3705

1997

Reiner, Robert and Livingstone, Sonia (1997) Discipline or desubordination? Changing media images of crime End of award report: Grant L210252029, Economic and Social Research Council.

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Awards

British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award (2011)

Short bio >

Robert Reiner is Professor of Criminology in the Law Department at LSE. He was formerly Reader in Criminology at Bristol University and at Brunel University. He is author of The Blue-Coated Worker (Cambridge University Press 1978), Chief Constables (Oxford University Press 1991), The Politics of the Police (3rd Ed. Oxford University Press 2000) and Law and Order: An Honest Citizen’s Guide to Crime and Control (Polity Press 2007); and editor of (with M.Cross) Beyond Law and Order (Macmillan 1991), (with S.Spencer) Accountable Policing (Institute for Public Policy Research 1993), Policing (Aldershot: Dartmouth 1996) and (with M.Maguire and R.Morgan) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford University Press, now in its 4th edition, 2007). He has published over 100 papers on criminological topics in journals and books. He was President of the British Society of Criminology from 1993-6; Director of the LSE Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice 1995-8; and Convenor of the Law Department 2001-4.

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