Comparative Youth Justice is the first book to critically reflect on contemporary juvenile justice reform in England and Wales and across various other western jurisdictions including the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Scotland, Japan, Italy and Finland. In doing so, it identifies major international differences in juvenile policy and practice. However, Contemporary Youth Justice is not simply an attempt to document national similarities and differences, but looks critically at how global trends are translated at the local level. This book also examines how youth justice is implemented in practice with a view to promoting change as well as reflection.

States of Transition: Convergence and Diversity in International Youth Justice

States of Transition: Convergence and Diversity in International Youth Justice

States of transition: Convergence and diversity in international youth justice
JohnMuncie and BarryGoldson


It is no longer necessary to make the case for a comparative approach to understanding systems of youth and juvenile justice. It is increasingly assumed that developments in any single nation state cannot be fully explored without reference to sub-national, regional and local diversity as well as acknowledging the impact of international and global forces. The advantage of an international focus (even though this volume is restricted to 12 ‘significant’ cases in Western societies only) is that it encourages debate of the structural, cultural and political constraints and dynamics within which juvenile justice was constructed in developed capitalist countries during much of the 20th ...

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