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


Highlighting the complexity of contemporary policy development, this book has exposed the different strategies employed by network actors in the women’s penal domain. While many accounts of the policy process argue that journalism now plays a key role in the development of policy, (a logical assumption in our 24–27 mass-mediated reality), empirical evidence presented in this book casts doubt on the universality of this approach. Pursuing media coverage is certainly a mainstream tactic, but media-centric models are only relevant if actors are afforded access to the news agenda.


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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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