Law, Insecurity and Risk Control: Neo-Liberal Governance and the Populist Revolt

This book examines our contemporary preoccupation with risk and how criminal law and punishment have been transformed as a result of these anxieties. It adopts an historical approach to examine the development of risk control measures used across the US, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada - particularly since the 1980’s - with the rise of the "security sanction". It also takes a criminological and sociological approach to analysing shifts in criminal law and punishment and its implications for contemporary society and criminal justice systems. Law, Insecurity and Risk Control analyses the range and scope of the ‘security sanction’ and its immobilizing measures, ranging from control over minor incivilities to the most serious crimes. Despite these innovations, though, it argues that our anxieties about risk have become so extensive that the "security sanction" is no longer sufficient to provide social stability and cohesion.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. “Never Again”

  3. Set Risk Free

  4. The Celebration of Risk

  5. Fear and Anxiety in the Risk Society

  6. The Rise of the Security Sanction

  7. Issues of Legitimacy: Legal and Political

  8. The Revolt Against Uncertainty

  9. The End