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Populism, conservatism and the politics of parole in England and Wales

Populism, conservatism and the politics of parole in England and Wales
Populism, conservatism and the politics of parole in England and Wales

Reform of the parole system has emerged as the cause célèbre of a resurgent law and order politics. Successive governments have seized upon the symbolic power of parole to demonstrate ‘toughness’ with respect to violent and sexual offending, to express solidarity with the victims of crime and reaffirm a populist credo that purportedly stands in opposition to an unaccountable and out of touch penal elite. Published in March 2022, the Ministry of Justice Root and Branch Review of the Parole System represents a continuation of this well-rehearsed political strategy, but arguably goes further than ever before in its willingness to dispense with established norms, rules and practices. This article surveys the contemporary politics of parole in England and Wales and reflects upon what these developments reveal about the shifting contours of a creeping authoritarian conservatism premised upon nostalgia, nationalism and the projection of a strong, centralised state.

conservatism, criminal justice, law and order, parole, populism, sentencing
0032-3179
416-423
Annison, Harry Michael John
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Guiney, Thomas
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Annison, Harry Michael John
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Guiney, Thomas
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Annison, Harry Michael John and Guiney, Thomas (2022) Populism, conservatism and the politics of parole in England and Wales. The Political Quarterly, 93 (3), 416-423. (doi:10.1111/1467-923X.13170).

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Reform of the parole system has emerged as the cause célèbre of a resurgent law and order politics. Successive governments have seized upon the symbolic power of parole to demonstrate ‘toughness’ with respect to violent and sexual offending, to express solidarity with the victims of crime and reaffirm a populist credo that purportedly stands in opposition to an unaccountable and out of touch penal elite. Published in March 2022, the Ministry of Justice Root and Branch Review of the Parole System represents a continuation of this well-rehearsed political strategy, but arguably goes further than ever before in its willingness to dispense with established norms, rules and practices. This article surveys the contemporary politics of parole in England and Wales and reflects upon what these developments reveal about the shifting contours of a creeping authoritarian conservatism premised upon nostalgia, nationalism and the projection of a strong, centralised state.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 June 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 15 July 2022
Published date: 15 July 2022
Keywords: conservatism, criminal justice, law and order, parole, populism, sentencing

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Local EPrints ID: 467927
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/467927
ISSN: 0032-3179
PURE UUID: 85c54434-8174-4643-bda8-fd3df83e6afc
ORCID for Harry Michael John Annison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6042-038X

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Date deposited: 26 Jul 2022 16:34
Last modified: 30 Nov 2022 02:45

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Author: Thomas Guiney

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