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.

Ethics and Our Moral Actions

Ethics and our moral actions

Justice was once celebrated as a virtue, indeed a cardinal virtue. Although few have shared the heady metaphysical vision that once led Plato to claim that virtue is enough and that good men need no others, many have thought that justice is not simply one virtue among others, that good laws and good character complement one another and that politics and ethics are distinct but complementary spheres of practical reasoning. Accounts of justice – of good laws and institutions – have nearly always been allied with accounts of the virtues – of the characters of good men and women.

O'Neill, 19961


Up to the nineteenth century, issues of ethics and morality relating to the principles and practices of ...

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