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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice

Kevin Albertson, Mary Corcoran, and Jake Phillips


Criminal justice used to be thought of as a field autonomous from politics and the economy, with the management of crime and punishment being seen as essentially the responsibility of government. However, in recent decades, policies have been adopted which blur the institutional boundaries and functions of the public sector with those of for-profit and civil society interests in many parts of the penal/welfare complex. The impact of these developments on society is contested: Proponents of the ‘neo-liberal penality thesis’ argue economic deregulation, welfare retrenchment, individualised choic ... More

Keywords: Criminal Justice, Profit Motive, Market Forces, Neo-Liberalism, Incentive Structures

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447345701
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Albertson, editor
Manchester Metropolitan University

Mary Corcoran, editor
Keele University

Jake Phillips, editor
Sheffield Hallam University

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Part I Introduction and theoretical frameworks

Part II Experiences of marketisation in the public sector

7 Police outsourcing and labour force vulnerability

Roxanna Dehaghani and Adam White

Part III Marketisation and the voluntary sector

Part IV Beyond institutions: marketisation beyond the criminal justice institution


Kevin Albertson, Mary Corcoran and Jake Phillips

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