Understanding crime and social policy explores the interface between crime and social policy, drawing upon international theoretical developments and empirical research from within Criminology and Social Policy. Written by an experienced author, it uses analysis of policy-making under the New Labour and Conservative-Liberal Democrat governments to reflect upon the multiplicity of influences which shape the formulation and delivery of crime control policies, the changing nature of government and governance in neo-liberal societies, and the enhanced role of the welfare state in 'solving' crime 'problems'. A unique feature of the book is the inclusion of policy examples including the resettlement of prisoners, problem drug use and 'troubled' families.
Understanding crime and social policy encourages readers to reflect upon the close connections, and sometimes tensions, between crime reduction and social policy agendas and is aimed at two audiences. The first is students on courses in criminology, criminal justice and social policy. The second is practitioners from across the public, private and voluntary sector.
Emma Wincup is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds, where she is Director of Student Education in the School of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. Emma's current research explores the interconnections between crime policy, particularly in relation to problem drug use, and welfare reform. She has also published extensively on the criminological research process.
Introducing crime and Social Policy; Crime and criminalisation; Influences on crime policy; Delivering crime policy; The resettlement of prisoners; When policy arenas collide: tackling problem drug use; Case study 1: Troubled' or `Troublesome' Families? Social Policy and Crime Prevention; Case study 2: anti-social behaviour; Case study 3: drug `misuse'; Concluding comments.