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Governing through Anti-Social Behaviour: Regulatory Challenges to Criminal Justice

Crawford, A (2009) Governing through Anti-Social Behaviour: Regulatory Challenges to Criminal Justice. British Journal of Criminology, 49 (6). 810 - 831 (21). ISSN 1464-3529


The ‘anti-social behaviour’ agenda in Britain and the introduction of diverse new powers and regulatory tools represent a major challenge to traditional conceptions of criminal justice. This article argues that the language of regulation has been appropriated and deployed to cloak and legitimise ambitious (yet ambiguous) bouts of hyper-active state interventionism. These may have more to do with quests to demonstrate government’s capacity to be seen to be doing something tangible about public anxieties than with meaningful behavioural change. Rather, regulatory ideas are being used to circumvent and erode established criminal justice principles, notably those of due process, proportionality and special protections traditionally afforded to young people. Consequently, novel technologies of control have resulted in more intensive and earlier interventions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Anti-Social Behaviour; regulation; new powers; criminal justice; regulatory drift
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds) > Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 09:22
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2014 04:13
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azp041
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azp041
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43001

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