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How iron is the iron cage of new penology? The role of human agency in the implementation of criminal justice policy

Cheliotis, Leonidas (2006) How iron is the iron cage of new penology? The role of human agency in the implementation of criminal justice policy. Punishment and Society, 8 (3). pp. 313-340. ISSN 1462-4745

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1462474506064700

Abstract

This article addresses the extent to which the concept of 'new penology' is helpful in understanding penal currents, particularly as they relate to the older paradigms of retribution and rehabilitation. In the light of theoretical, historical and empirical evidence, support is lent to the arguments: that the new penology thesis downplays the role of human agency at the level of implementing criminal justice policies; that it ignores the potentially positive aspects of managerialism; and that it misses the continuity between past and contemporary penal features. It is concluded that, despite its merits, new penology remains a hypothesis, rather than a realized penal rationale.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pun.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2006 Sage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 16:46
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 10:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59548

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