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Politics and penal change: Towards an interpretive political analysis of penal policymaking

Politics and penal change: Towards an interpretive political analysis of penal policymaking
Politics and penal change: Towards an interpretive political analysis of penal policymaking
This article offers an interpretive political analysis framework, exploring and asserting its value for understanding penal change. It is argued that this approach serves, in part, to emphasise the importance of the minutiae of political activity: the crucial impact that apparently minor decisions, unimportant participants, or particular ‘rules of the game’ can play in specific outcomes. It emphasises the importance of human agency and meaning: the relationship between politics and fate. It facilitates the connections of particular ‘micro’ analyses with ‘macro’ accounts of penal change. I argue that the approach set out here thereby enables us to place centre stage the beliefs and practices of policy participants, and the political dynamics of policymaking. By doing so, particular case studies serve as valuable ‘windows’ into the meanings in action that iteratively make sense of, respond to, and thereby (re‐)constitute the realities in which actors operate, specific penal outcomes, and broader penal change.
interpretive political analysis, Penal policy, penal politics
2059-1098
302-320
Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry
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Annison, Harry (2018) Politics and penal change: Towards an interpretive political analysis of penal policymaking. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 57 (3), 302-320. (doi:10.1111/hojo.12269).

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This article offers an interpretive political analysis framework, exploring and asserting its value for understanding penal change. It is argued that this approach serves, in part, to emphasise the importance of the minutiae of political activity: the crucial impact that apparently minor decisions, unimportant participants, or particular ‘rules of the game’ can play in specific outcomes. It emphasises the importance of human agency and meaning: the relationship between politics and fate. It facilitates the connections of particular ‘micro’ analyses with ‘macro’ accounts of penal change. I argue that the approach set out here thereby enables us to place centre stage the beliefs and practices of policy participants, and the political dynamics of policymaking. By doing so, particular case studies serve as valuable ‘windows’ into the meanings in action that iteratively make sense of, respond to, and thereby (re‐)constitute the realities in which actors operate, specific penal outcomes, and broader penal change.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 May 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 September 2018
Published date: 3 September 2018
Keywords: interpretive political analysis, Penal policy, penal politics

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Local EPrints ID: 424253
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424253
ISSN: 2059-1098
PURE UUID: f4ae063f-6043-4257-a385-9a300e2670ef
ORCID for Harry Annison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6042-038X

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:35
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:36

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