Social Science and the Governance of Crime: Crime Prevention Policy Making during the 1980s

Hope, Tim (2019). Social Science and the Governance of Crime: Crime Prevention Policy Making during the 1980s. Journal of Law and Society, 46(1) pp. 141–168.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jols.12145

Abstract

As with much else in Britain, the 1980s marked a watershed in the politics of crime control. This article traces the role of criminological research, developed and articulated by governmental social scientists, in the evolution of penal policy around the (then) innovative idea of engaging the community in the prevention of crime. Its central theme is that although the raison d'être for crime prevention policy and practice, then as now, can be found in a concern about the deficiencies of the statutory police in addressing crime, shifting the locus of social control towards the institutions of civil society was, and remains, a contested project.

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