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Popularism and punishment or rights and rehabilitation? electoral discourse and structural policy narratives on youth justice: Westminster elections, 1964-2010

Chaney, Paul 2015. Popularism and punishment or rights and rehabilitation? electoral discourse and structural policy narratives on youth justice: Westminster elections, 1964-2010. Youth Justice 15 (1) , pp. 23-41. 10.1177/1473225414541176

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Abstract

This study explores the formative origins of youth justice policy and the discursive process of mandate-seeking in party manifestos in Westminster elections. Analysis of issue salience and policy framing reveals: party politicization, a significant increase in issue salience from the 1990s onwards, and a shifting structural policy narrative with inherent contestation and contradictions. The past decade has seen some attempts to revisit pre-1970s welfarist approaches following an extended emphasis on criminalization, incarceration and punishment. This discursive shift has presaged an impressive reduction in levels of incarceration and numbers sentenced, yet international and historical comparative data suggest party programmes need to place continuing emphasis on diversion if full compatibility with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is to be secured.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1473-2254
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 04:42
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61799

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