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Towards reflexivity in penal policymaking?

Towards reflexivity in penal policymaking?
Towards reflexivity in penal policymaking?
In this paper I explore the extent to which penal policymakers can be said to be ‘reflexive’. I first consider what we might mean by reflexivity, and why this issue is deserving of criminological attention. Research conducted for the monograph Dangerous Politics (OUP, 2015), drawing on over 60 ‘elite’ interviews to explore British policymaking activity in relation to ‘dangerous offenders’ in 2002-2012, is utilized in order to consider the extent to which UK penal policymakers can be seen as demonstrating reflexivity. It is argued, inter alia, that while reflection (ie post hoc reflexivity) is commonplace, the picture regarding ‘in the moment’ reflexivity is more mixed. In closing, I consider the contribution that interpretive studies of penal policymaking might make to the improvement of policymaking processes and, therefore, penal policy outputs.
Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry (2015) Towards reflexivity in penal policymaking? ICJR Seminar Series, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

In this paper I explore the extent to which penal policymakers can be said to be ‘reflexive’. I first consider what we might mean by reflexivity, and why this issue is deserving of criminological attention. Research conducted for the monograph Dangerous Politics (OUP, 2015), drawing on over 60 ‘elite’ interviews to explore British policymaking activity in relation to ‘dangerous offenders’ in 2002-2012, is utilized in order to consider the extent to which UK penal policymakers can be seen as demonstrating reflexivity. It is argued, inter alia, that while reflection (ie post hoc reflexivity) is commonplace, the picture regarding ‘in the moment’ reflexivity is more mixed. In closing, I consider the contribution that interpretive studies of penal policymaking might make to the improvement of policymaking processes and, therefore, penal policy outputs.

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Published date: 2 December 2015
Venue - Dates: ICJR Seminar Series, United Kingdom, 2015-12-02
Organisations: Southampton Law School

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Local EPrints ID: 385247
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385247
PURE UUID: 08602a12-a53a-419a-af96-87135ababceb
ORCID for Harry Annison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6042-038X

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2016 14:41
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:24

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