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Explaining the Crime Drop II: Responding to Crime in England and Wales

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Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)

Abstract

This Chapter explores the extent to which the English and Welsh criminal justice system responded to the increases in crime experienced in the 1980s. I find that the criminal justice system did indeed respond in a punitive fashion (in keeping with New Right rhetoric on this matter) although not until the early- to mid-1990s. At this point not only did punitive policies increase and proliferate, non-punitive policies abruptly stopped and crime prevention (based on neo-liberal and neo-conservative thinking) was adopted.

Keywords

1980s new right Neo-liberalism Neo-conservativism Thatcherism Crime policies Crime drop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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