The new local governance of community safety in England and Wales

Hope, TJ 2005, 'The new local governance of community safety in England and Wales' , Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 47 (2) , pp. 369-388.

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This article provides an overview and assessment, since 1997, of the "New Labour" government's reforms and policies of crime prevention and community safety in England and Wales. It reviews developments since the Crime and Disorder Act, 1998, and assesses the impact of the government's Crime Reduction Strategy and its campaign against antisocial behaviour. The argument is that, in its zeal to reduce crime through its "modernization" agenda, applied to public service delivery, and the consequent emphasis on performance in the reduction of crime, the government is neglecting the institution-building task of constituting a new security governance in the community. This neglect may have led to a rise in insecurity in society, fostered by a heightened anxiety about disorder. This trend seems set to continue with the government's approach to police reform. And although an emergent agenda of "civil renewal" holds out some promise for policies that recognize the role of citizens in the co-production of community safety, there are also dangers of reinforcing the insecurity of the disadvantaged, who have limited access to the social capital required for participation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1707-7753
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Depositing User: Prof Tim Hope
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 10:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:19

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