Criminal and Social Justice provides an important insight into the relationship between social inequality, crime, and criminalization. In this accessible and innovative account, Dee Cook examines the nature of the relationship between criminal and social justice - both in theory and in practice. Current social, economic, political, and cultural considerations are brought to bear, and contemporary examples are used throughout to help the student to consider this relationship.

‘What Works’ and Criminal and Social Justice

‘What works’ and criminal and social justice

Introduction

For his first major speech as Prime Minister, Tony Blair chose the run-down Aylesbury estate in Southwark, London, to set out his political priorities for the first New Labour term. In this speech Blair established his firm commitment to pragmatism and to finding out (and funding) ‘what works’ across all spheres of policy:

Unless government is pragmatic and rigorous about what does and does not work, it will not spend money wisely or gain the trust of the public … We will find out what works, and we will support the successes and stop the failures. We will back anyone – from a multinational company to a community association – if they can ...

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