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The Private Sector and Criminal Justice: An Introduction

  • Stuart Lister
  • Anthea Hucklesby
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Abstract

This introductory chapter contextualises the wide range of developments and debates discussed in this collection of essays. This is done in three ways. The first is by emphasising the contentious nature of debates exploring the relationship between the private sector and criminal justice. The second is by suggesting that developments in contemporary law and policy in criminal justice and the role of the private sector have been significantly influenced by the critical shift of the post-modern era from ‘government to governance’. This move has resulted in the act of governing no longer being tied to monopolistic ‘command and control’ modes of government but instead drawing on the capacities of a more pluralised or ‘nodal’ set of institutional formations, including public, private and voluntary sector agencies. The third is by identifying the parameters of key debates and competing perspectives. In so doing, the chapter demonstrates that the entanglements of state and market in how criminal justice responses are formulated and operationalised generate debates that attend to the very heart of the political, legal and social order.

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  • Stuart Lister
    • 1
  • Anthea Hucklesby
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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