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Probation, Privatisation and Legitimacy

Robinson, G and Burke, L and Millings, MN (2017) Probation, Privatisation and Legitimacy. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. ISSN 0265-5527

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Abstract

This article considers the recent partial privatisation of probation services in England and Wales from the theoretical perspective of legitimacy. Drawing, in particular, on Beetham’s (1991) work, we argue that the question of legitimacy in respect of privatised probation services is a complex one which requires attention to the multiple – and different – perspectives of key stakeholders or constituencies in the probation field. We argue that in the probation context there are five key stakeholder groups: the general public; offenders and victims; ministers and civil servants; sentencers; and probation employees and their representatives. We consider what is known about the perspectives of each of these groups in turn, before concluding that privatised probation services need to be aware of both the legitimacy deficits they face and the complex dynamics likely to be involved in its cultivation with these different constituencies.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ROBINSON, G., BURKE, L. and MILLINGS, M. (2017), Probation, Privatisation and Legitimacy. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. doi:10.1111/hojo.12198, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12198. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 08:16
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 08:16
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/hojo.12198
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6197

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