Penal Systems: A Comparative Approach is a comprehensive and original introduction to the comparative study of punishment.

Analyzing twelve countries, authors Michael Cavadino and James Dignan offer an integrated and theoretically rigorous approach to comparative penology. They draw upon material provided by a team of eminent penologists to produce an important and highly readable contribution to scholarship in this area.

Early chapters introduce the reader to comparative penology, set out the theoretical framework and consider whether there is currently a ‘global penal crisis.’ Each country is then discussed in turn. Chapters on comparative youth justice and the privatization of prisons follow. Comparisons between countries are drawn within each chapter, giving the reader a synoptic and truly comparative vision of penality in different jurisdictions.

Sweden and Finland: Nordic Social Democracy1

Sweden and Finland: Nordic social democracy

Sweden and Finland are two of the ‘Nordic countries’2 (along with Norway, Denmark and Iceland). These countries – all advanced, prosperous, industrialized welfare states – have much in common with each other. Not only are they close to each other geographically, historically, ethnically and culturally,3 they also cooperate in legal and non-legal fields in many ways and via a variety of bodies (including governments, parliaments and non-governmental organizations). For example, in 1996 the Nordic countries combined to produce a joint strategy on warring motorcycle gangs. Quite apart from such formal efforts at cooperation and harmonization, the Nordic countries are often more influenced by each other than by other countries when they frame their policies ...

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