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Decentring the UK Ministry/s of Justice

Decentring the UK Ministry/s of Justice
Decentring the UK Ministry/s of Justice
This chapter decentres the UK Ministry of Justice, exploring notions of what it is and what it is for. The department (MoJ) celebrated its tenth birthday on 9 May 2017 and its origins make it a rich site of competing meanings-in-action. This chapter draws on four sets of ‘elite’ interviews conducted between 2009 and 2017 to explore the traditions drawn upon, and the dilemmas faced, by MoJ policymakers. In sum, it is argued that we are faced not with a monolithic institution but Ministry/s of Justice. We identify competing and overlapping traditions centred upon liberalism, public protection, rehabilitation and managerialism. In closing, the chapter considers whether these understandings are increasingly coloured by narratives of departmental decline.
Ministry of Justice, penal policy, criminal justice, policymaking
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Annison, Harry
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Rhodes, R.A.W.
Annison, Harry
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Rhodes, R.A.W.

Annison, Harry (2018) Decentring the UK Ministry/s of Justice. In, Rhodes, R.A.W. (ed.) Narrative Policy Analysis. Abingdon. Palgrave Macmillan UK. (Understanding Governance) ,

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This chapter decentres the UK Ministry of Justice, exploring notions of what it is and what it is for. The department (MoJ) celebrated its tenth birthday on 9 May 2017 and its origins make it a rich site of competing meanings-in-action. This chapter draws on four sets of ‘elite’ interviews conducted between 2009 and 2017 to explore the traditions drawn upon, and the dilemmas faced, by MoJ policymakers. In sum, it is argued that we are faced not with a monolithic institution but Ministry/s of Justice. We identify competing and overlapping traditions centred upon liberalism, public protection, rehabilitation and managerialism. In closing, the chapter considers whether these understandings are increasingly coloured by narratives of departmental decline.

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Published date: 2018
Keywords: Ministry of Justice, penal policy, criminal justice, policymaking

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Local EPrints ID: 418102
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418102
PURE UUID: 45071093-6906-49e4-b147-d27381d0430d
ORCID for Harry Annison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6042-038X

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:24

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Author: Harry Annison ORCID iD
Editor: R.A.W. Rhodes

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