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Illusions of difference: comparative youth justice in the devolved United Kingdom

Muncie, John (2011). Illusions of difference: comparative youth justice in the devolved United Kingdom. British Journal of Criminology, 51(1) pp. 40–57.

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Surprisingly, there has been little or no systematic research to date that has explored the significance
of UK devolution for youth justice policy and practice. This article explores the extent of differential
justice in the United Kingdom, particularly as it is expressed in the myriad action plans, criminal justice reviews, frameworks for action, delivery plans and offending strategies that have surfaced since 1998. In particular, the article considers how far policy convergence and divergence are reflected through the discourses of risk, welfare, restoration and children’s rights in the four administrations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For comparative criminology, the
United Kingdom offers a unique opportunity to explore how international and national pressures towards convergence and/or divergence can be challenged, rebranded, versioned, adapted or resisted at sub-national and local levels.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD).
ISSN: 1464-3529
Keywords: devolution; risk; restoration; children’s rights; welfare; convergence; divergence
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 25323
Depositing User: John Muncie
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 11:57
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:51
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