Understanding Crime and Social Policy

Emma Wincup

Understanding Crime and Social Policy

Emma Wincup

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781847424990 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $91.00 ISBN: 9781847425003 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This book explores the relationship between crime and social policy from both a theoretical and empirical approach. Analyzing various governmental policies, Emma Wincup reflects upon the multiplicity of influences that shape the formulation of crime control policies, the changing nature of government, and the enhanced role of the welfare state in addressing crime. Utilizing a host of policy examples, she offers a thorough look at the close connections—and occasional tensions—between crime reduction and social policy agendas.

Detailed contents

List of boxes and tables

Preface and acknowledgements

1 Introducing crime and social policy

2 Crime, criminalisation and social policy

3 Crime policy-making: a myriad of influences

4 Delivering crime policy: analyzing the changing political landscape

5 The resettlement of prisoners: back on the policy agenda

6 The messy realities of policy-making: tackling the drug ‘problem’

7 ‘Troubled’ or ‘troublesome’ families? Social policy and crime prevention

8 Governing through crime? Regulating behaviour in neoliberal societies



Review Quotes
Journal of Social Policy
"Provides a useful overview of . . . policy making through . . . relevant examples of areas of crime and social policy concern."
People, Place and Policy
“[Provides a] rigorous challenging of dominant assumptions while leading readers through a very complex policy-making landscape.”
Richard Garside | Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, UK
“This is a welcome exploration of the linkages and relationships between criminal justice and social policy. Combining critical scholarship with a practical assessment of current policy, it will be of interest both to academics and practitioners.” 
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