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The policymakers’ dilemma: change, continuity and enduring rationalities of English penal policy

The policymakers’ dilemma: change, continuity and enduring rationalities of English penal policy
The policymakers’ dilemma: change, continuity and enduring rationalities of English penal policy
This article analyses how penal policymakers interpret, rationalize and thereby instantiate ‘external’ change. In order to do so, it presents a critical reconstruction of penal policymaking during the 2010–15 UK coalition government, drawing on interviews with senior policymakers. It explores how policymakers sought to respond to the uncertainties of this unusual period in British politics. We see the ‘shallow roots’ of the 2010–15 coalition: in the face of novel challenges, policymakers grasped for traditional, exclusionary rationalities and practices. This study demonstrates the complex interaction between conditions ‘out there’, the rationalities and practices of specific policymakers, and eventual policy outcomes.
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Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry (2017) The policymakers’ dilemma: change, continuity and enduring rationalities of English penal policy British Journal of Criminology (doi:10.1093/bjc/azx066).

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This article analyses how penal policymakers interpret, rationalize and thereby instantiate ‘external’ change. In order to do so, it presents a critical reconstruction of penal policymaking during the 2010–15 UK coalition government, drawing on interviews with senior policymakers. It explores how policymakers sought to respond to the uncertainties of this unusual period in British politics. We see the ‘shallow roots’ of the 2010–15 coalition: in the face of novel challenges, policymakers grasped for traditional, exclusionary rationalities and practices. This study demonstrates the complex interaction between conditions ‘out there’, the rationalities and practices of specific policymakers, and eventual policy outcomes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 September 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 November 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 414908
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414908
ISSN: 0007-0955
PURE UUID: 35ae40e9-dc61-4897-9dfa-8937c6486cbe
ORCID for Harry Annison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6042-038X

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Date deposited: 16 Oct 2017 16:30
Last modified: 20 Nov 2017 17:31

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