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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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The coalition and criminal justice

The coalition and criminal justice

(p.285) Thirteen The coalition and criminal justice
The Coalition Government and Social Policy

Peter Squires

Policy Press

This chapter notes that in five years of the coalition government law, order and criminal justice apparently slipped from the front page to a back burner. It draws attention to some striking parallels between the Conservative Thatcher government and the coalition (such as being confronted by significant popular discontent and disorder), but also some major differences (austerity cuts, a difficult relationship with the police, and a continuing apparent fall in overall crime). It points to ‘governing strategies’ with a series of ‘system priorities’ that included: bringing greater efficiency and effectiveness to policing, improving the effectiveness and outcomes from community justice, cutting the cost of legal aid and addressing the crisis of the inexorably rising prison population. It concludes that by the end of the coalition’s five year term of office the government was close to completing a wide-ranging restructuring of the justice system producing a selective, segmented and more localised system of regulation specified for differing problems of governance, deviance, compliance, criminality, risk and threat.

Keywords:   coalition government, Conservative government, criminal justice

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