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.

Youth Justice Systems: Corporatist Variants

Youth justice systems: Corporatist variants

Conservative Corporatist Youth Justice Systems

The youth justice systems that are found in conservative corporatist countries mostly include the existence of specialized criminal courts for juveniles. And all have been shaped, to a greater or lesser degree, by a version of the ‘welfare model’, in which the primary justification for judicial intervention (or non-intervention) has been the ‘best interests of the child’, while the principal goal of the entire youth justice system could be defined as ‘resocialization through education’. Indeed, this pedagogical purpose is likely to be reflected in several key aspects of the court process itself including, for example, a much more active role for the judge than is associated with most neo-liberal youth justice systems. Moreover, ...

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