On Thursday 2 February, Professor Tim Newburn (Department of Social Policy, LSE) presents "Policy Mobilities and Comparative Penality"
The study of ‘policy transfer’ has recently been subject to sustained criticism, not least by by human geographers and ‘critical policy studies’ scholars. This might reasonably lead some criminologists to question the continued utility of such work in scholarly discussions of crime control and penal policy-making. I will argue that a concern with what traditionally has been called 'policy transfer' is potentially more important than ever, though there may be some need to reconsider the terminology used. Building on recent critiques, the paper argues that a growing recognition of the importance of the ‘proximate causes’ of penal change offers potentially fertile ground for work that focuses on the mobility of policy.
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