Crime, Policy and the Media: The Shaping of Criminal Justice, 1989-2010

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2011-11-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Crime, Policy and the Mediais the first academic text to map the relationship between a rapidly changing media and policymaking in criminal justice. Spanning the period, 1989 -2009, it examines a number of case studies - terrorism, drugs, sentencing, policing and violent crime, amongst others - and interrogates key policy-makers (including six former Home Secretaries, a former Lord Chief Justice, Attorney-General, senior police officers, government advisers and leading commentators) about the impact of the media on their thinking and practice. Bolstered by content and framing analysis, it argues that, especially, in the last decade, key policies in crime and justice have been driven by fear of media criticism and the Daily Maileffect. It concludes that the expanding influence of the Internet and Web 2.0 has begun to undermine some of the ways in which government and agencies such as the police have gained and held a presentational advantage. Written by a former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent, with unrivalled access to the highest reaches of policy-making, it will be both academically rigorous and accessible and will be of interest to both scholars and practititoners in media and criminal justice.

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