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Book review of Harry Annison's "Dangerous Politics: Risk, Political Vulnerability and Penal Policy"

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JournalTheoretical Criminology
DatePublished - 19 Sep 2016
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)1-3
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Harry Annison’s Dangerous Politics is an in-depth study of the ‘creation, contestation, amendment, and abolition’ of the controversial indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) (Annison, 2016: 3). The book addresses the important question, first posed by Brown (2010: 43), of ‘why, in modern liberal societies, do we seem so willing to trade away the liberty rights of those deemed dangerous and why in such a wholesale fashion?’ (p. xi). Annison uses a framework of ‘interpretive political analysis’ (p. xii) to explore how and why the IPP sentence came into existence, and why potentially restraining influ-
ences appeared to have little effect on the progress of a policy that was to prove so damaging. By weaving a rich and authoritative narrative, he skilfully incorporates materials from an impressive 63 qualitative interviews with key actors and observers, including politicians, civil servants, special advisers, judges and criminal justice practitioners.

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  • dangerous offenders, criminal justice

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