Quantifying criminalization

Chalmers, J. and Leverick, F. (2014) Quantifying criminalization. In: Duff, R.A., Farmer, L., Marshall, S.E., Renzo, M. and Tadros, V. (eds.) Criminalization: The Political Morality of the Criminal Law. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 54-79. ISBN 9780198726357 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726357.003.0002)

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Despite the significant amount of attention devoted to criminalization in recent years, we have little idea of the quantity of criminal law which exists or the characteristics of the criminal law as a body of rules. Attempts have occasionally been made to quantify the scale of the criminal law in the United Kingdom, but with incomplete and inconclusive results. This chapter explores what might—and might not—be learned from a quantitative analysis of the criminal law, and presents the results of systematic analysis we have undertaken covering two 12-month time periods (2010–11 and 1997–8). We explain the methodological challenges involved in this exercise and present the results of our research along with an analysis of what conclusions can be drawn from this data and the questions which it raises.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leverick, Professor Fiona and Chalmers, Professor James
Authors: Chalmers, J., and Leverick, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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