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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 05 December 2023

20. Governance, risk and globalisation theorieslocked

20. Governance, risk and globalisation theorieslocked

  • Katherine S. WilliamsKatherine S. WilliamsLecturer in Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter examines four recent changes that are currently being reflected in the criminal laws, in their administration and in their interpretation. These are shifts in the role and status of the State (governance); an altered perception of the significance of risk; a retreat from open justice dispensed in court; and a move towards local empowerment and responsibility for social problems and the broader ‘Big Society’. Each of these is placed within the prevailing context of neo-liberalism in economic and social affairs and the associated trend towards the so-called globalisation of both much economic activity and modern society.

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