Privatising justice : the security industry, war and crime control / Wendy Fitzgibbon and John Lea.

Fitzgibbon, Wendy [Browse]
  • London : Pluto Press, 2020.
  • ©2020
211 pages ; 21 cm


Biographical/​Historical note
Wendy Fitzgibbon is a Reader in Criminology at the University of Leicester. She previously worked as a probation officer. She is the author of Pre-emptive Criminalisation: Risk Control And Alternative Futures (NAPO 2004) and Probation and Social Work on Trial (Palgrave, 2011). John Lea is a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of several books, including What Is To Be Done About Law and Order? (Pluto, 1993) and Crime and Modernity (Sage, 2002).
Summary note
Privatising Justice takes a broad historical view of the role of the private sector in the British state, from private policing and mercenaries in the eighteenth century to the modern rise of the private security industry in armed conflict, policing and the penal system. The development of the welfare state is seen as central to the decline of what the authors call 'old privatisation'. Its succession by neoliberalism has created the ground for the resurgence of the private sector. The growth of private military, policing and penal systems is located within the broader global changes brought about by neoliberalism and the dystopian future that it portends. The book is a powerful petition for the reversal of the increasing privatisation of the state and the neoliberalism that underlies it.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-198) and index.
Introduction -- Old privatisation -- The consolidation of state power and legitimacy -- The re-emergence of private war -- Private security and policing -- The private sector in the penal system -- Towards a private state?
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