Media, Politics and Penal Reform

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


This book has, for the first time, cast light on the particular difficulties experienced by those working to reform women’s penal policy. In so doing, it recognises the number of complexities inherent to the policy process, including the political culture and dominant ideology of the time (acting as an enabler or inhibitor to policy change); the ‘carrying capacities’ of the institutional agenda (Hilgartner and Bosk, 1988); the framing and (re)construction of competing messages and the omnipresent threat of public opinion.


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

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