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David Faulkner and Ros Burnett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428929

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428929.001.0001

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The role of government in criminal justice

The role of government in criminal justice

(p.165) Nine The role of government in criminal justice
Where Next For Criminal Justice?

David Faulkner

Ros Burnett

Policy Press

This chapter looks beyond criminal justice to wider reforms in government and public services – the transition from ‘old public administration’ to ‘new public management’, the mixed results it achieved and the areas for improvement. Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that he ‘wants one of the great legacies of the government to be the complete modernisation of our public services’. The proposed reforms consist mainly of cuts in public expenditure, contracting out services to create competition and allowing the ‘Big Society’ to take over functions previously performed by publicly funded statutory services. These changes mainly affect public services such as health, education and those provided by local government, and the same approach is being applied to criminal justice. The chapter considers in particular: policy making and legislation; the relationship between ministers and public servants; localisation and citizens' empowerment; the management of risk; promoting innovation; the use of research and expert advice; and the implications of outsourcing services to the private and voluntary sectors and the parameters that should be observed.

Keywords:   governance, public management, localisation, public services, voluntary sector, private sector, commissioning, austerity, public confidence, policy formation

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