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Pat O'Malley

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

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Neoliberalism, Crime and Criminal Justice1
Neoliberalism, Crime and Criminal Justice
Pat O'Malley

Neoliberalism has become a conceptual trash heap capable of accommodating multiple distasteful phenomena without much argument as to whether one or the other component really belongs. (Boas and Gans-Morse, 2009: 39)

Neoliberal Penality

The debate over the impact of neoliberalism on penal policy and practice is by now familiar to criminologists; indeed, recently Nicola Lacey (2013: 260) has argued that we may identify a ‘neoliberal penality thesis’ as a major contemporary issue. Lacey suggests this can be reduced to the hypothesis that ‘the decline or attenuation of social democracy, and the concomitant rise of (neo)liberalism has been associated with an intensification of penality'. Broadly speaking, neoliberalism is understood in criminology as ...

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