Law and Order An Honest Citizen's Guide to Crime and Control

ISBN-10: 0745629970
ISBN-13: 9780745629971
Edition: 2007
Authors: Robert Reiner
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 9/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Law and order has become a key issue throughout the world. Crime stories saturate the mass media and politicians shrilly compete with each other in a race to be the toughest on crime. Prisons are crammed to bursting point, and police powers and resources extended repeatedly. After decades of explosive increase in crime rates, these have plummeted throughout the Western world in the 1990s. Yet fear of crime and violence, and the security industries catering for these anxieties, grow relentlessly. This book offers an up-to-date analysis of these contemporary trends by providing all honest and concerned citizens with a concise yet comprehensive survey of the sources of current problems and anxieties about crime. It shows that the dominant tough law and order approach to crime is based on fallacies about its nature, sources, and what works in terms of crime control. Instead it argues that the growth of crime has deep-seated causes, so that policing and penal policy at best can only temporarily hold a lid down on offending. The book is intended to inform public debate about these vital issues through a critical deconstruction of prevailing orthodoxy. With its focus on current policies, problems and debates this book is also an excellent introduction to criminology for the growing numbers of students of the subject at all levels.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Neoliberalism, Crime and Control
An Inspector Calls: Putting Crime in its Place
A Mephistophelean Calculus: Measuring Crime Trends
Permissiveness versus Political Economy: Explaining Crime Trends
A New Leviathan? Law and Order Politics and Tough Crime Control
Conclusion: Law and Order - a 20:20 Vision
Notes
References
Index

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