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Legitimacy and Criminal JusticeAn International Exploration$
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Justice Tankebe and Alison Liebling

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701996.001.0001

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Unfinished Business: Legitimacy, Crime Control, And Democratic Politics

Unfinished Business: Legitimacy, Crime Control, And Democratic Politics

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Legitimacy and Criminal Justice

Ian Loader

Richard Sparks

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to recover and re-explore the central importance of the concept of legitimacy for criminological analysis. The chapter treats the idea of legitimacy as a political construct with critically important applications to the contemporary analysis of crime control. The chapter begins by noting what is seen as the problematic disconnect between two important bodies of work on legitimacy in criminal justice: one focused on the situational deployments of penal and policing power, the other on more macroscopic analyses of the emergence of late-modern (or ‘neoliberal’) penality. What falls between these preoccupations, the chapter suggests, is a closer analysis of the institutional arrangements for debating, deliberating, and deciding on what it is that criminal justice institutions are being tasked with and called upon to do.

Keywords:   legitimacy, procedural justice, moral alignment, compliance

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