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Dangerous Politics: Risk, Political Vulnerability, and Penal Policy

Harry Annison


This book brings together relevant literature in law, criminology, and politics to provide insights into the nature of British penal politics, the role of the judiciary and pressure groups, and the interrelation between risk, the ‘public voice’, and penal politics. It presents a detailed case study of the IPP story: the creation and eventual demise of the Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence. The book raws on over 60 in-depth interviews with key policymakers to investigate the beliefs, traditions, and political processes that propelled these developments. Standing as one of the mo ... More

Keywords: penal politics, policymaking, dangerous offenders, preventive justice, risk, populism, interpretive political analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Annison, author
Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Southampton University