Since the mid-1990s criminologists have been increasingly critical about political decision-making in crime control. More specifically, they began focusing on the emergence of populism, which, according to Roberts et al (2003), refers to discourses in which the electoral advantage of a policy takes precedence over its effectiveness. Criminologists usually counter or mitigate populism by promoting a better balance between accountability on the one hand and effective crime control policies on the other. In this paper, however, we argue that the problem of political decision-making lies elsewhere. What politicians experience, and increasingly so, is a loss of autonomy to define and settle issues in society because (i) politics is fragmented and displaced to fields that are usually not considered to be “political”, (ii) political decision-making is heteronomous, and (iii) political choices are very sensitive to recontextualization so that they are challenged more easily.
Translated title of the contributionAbout politics and making choices in crime control policy
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)69-85
JournalPanopticon: Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht, Criminologie en Forensisch Welzijnswerk
Volume41
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020

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