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  • Subject index

This clear, concise text sets out the relationship between political theory and criminology. It critically analyses key theories and debates to shed new light on criminological topics and the political ideas that lie beneath them. The book draws the attention of criminologists to political ideas, placing political themes at the heart of criminological speculation. Organized around key criminological concepts and issues, the book covers all the main topics, including:

  • Power and ideology
  • The nature of the state
  • Social control and policing
  • Punishment
  • Economics and criminal activity
  • Morality

The book has been carefully developed to support practical teaching and learning. It contains chapter summaries, further reading and a comprehensive glossary, which combined, provide a comprehensive understanding of the themes. The book is essential for upper level undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It will also appeal to professionals, academics and students in Law and Politics.

Rights and Obligations
Rights and obligations

Those who consent to the authority of reasonably just governments or respect their laws are subject to their authority and have an obligation to obey their laws.

Joseph Raz, 19881

Rights are the things that frame the relationships that exist between the individuals, corporations, such as companies or organisations, and the state. Our modern political lives increasingly focus upon our relationships to the political conduct of government, the activities of the police and the courts and our entitlements to health care. All of these relationships are governed by rights. We use the language of entitlement, which is derived from the concept of rights. Our rights usually imply a duty to the prevailing authority of the state in terms of obeying its laws, ...

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