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Introduction

  • Gemma Birkett
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Abstract

Winning the ‘ideas game’ has become an important route to power and influence in the policy process (Mabbett, 2004: 13), with more actors able to enter the ‘social problems marketplace’ than ever before. In documenting the battles of those seeking to influence penal policy development for women, this book draws particular attention to the messy reality of the criminal justice arena, where claims and counter-claims are fiercely debated, ministers are shuffled in and out of office and journalists provide their own take on the ‘state of crime and punishment’. Attempting to unravel the policy process in any given sphere can be a daunting task, and more so in this field, with the public having an ever-greater say on penal affairs. If the development of penal policy is viewed as the outcome of such ‘conflicting forces’ (Garland, 1990: 285), then it is extremely challenging to identify and analyse the full range of

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gemma Birkett
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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