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Resisting Punitiveness in Europe? Welfare, Human Rights and Democracy by Sonja (Brussels Free University, Belgium) Snacken

Resisting Punitiveness in Europe? Welfare, Human Rights and Democracy



Resisting Punitiveness in Europe? Welfare, Human Rights and Democracy by Sonja (Brussels Free University, Belgium) Snacken

This volume provides an important and exciting contribution to the knowledge on punishment across Europe. Over the past decade, punitiveness has been studied through analyses of 'increased' or 'new' forms of punishment in western countries. Comparative studies on the other hand have illustrated important differences in levels of punitiveness between these countries and have tried to explain these differences by looking at risk and protective factors. Covering both quantitative and qualitative dimensions, this book focuses on mechanisms interacting with levels of punitiveness that seem to allow room for less punitive (political) choices, especially within a European context: social policies, human rights and a balanced approach to victim rights and public opinion in constitutional democracies. The book is split into three sections: *Punishment and Welfare. Chapters look into possible lessons to be learned from characteristics and developments in Scandinavian and some Continental European countries. *Punishment and Human Rights. Contributions analyze how human rights in Europe can and do act as a shield against - but sometimes also as a possible motor for - criminalization and penalization. *Punishment and Democracy. The increased political attention to victims' rights and interests and to public opinion surveys in European democracies is discussed as a possible risk for enhanced levels of punitiveness in penal policies and evaluated against the background of research evidence about the wishes and expectations of victims of crime and the ambivalence and 'polycentric consistency' of public opinion formations about crime and punishments. This book will be a valuable addition to the literature in this field and will be of interest to students, scholars and policy officials across Europe and elsewhere.

About the Author

Sonja Snacken is Professor of Criminology, Penology and Sociology of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), where she now holds a 'Research Fellowship' (2006-2016). She is currently Research Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at the New York University School of Law (2010-2011). Her research focuses on the place, choices and consequences of punishment in Belgium and Europe. She is member of the Editorial Board of Punishment and Society and Deviance et Societe. She was president of the European Society of Criminology (2004-2005) and has been a member since 2001 (and President since 2006) of the Council for Penological Cooperation of the Council of Europe. Els Dumortier is Professor in Youth Criminology and Constitutional Criminal Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Criminology Department, Belgium. Her research focuses on questions concerning (the effectiveness of) children's rights in the domain of juvenile justice, both in contemporary times and in the past (20th century). She participates in several national and international scientific networks in the domain of juvenile justice (Dutch, English and French speaking), both contemporary focussed and historical.

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Publication date

8th September 2011


Sonja (Brussels Free University, Belgium) Snacken

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


304 pages


Penology & punishment



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