chapter  7
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Victims in policy making: A comparative perspective

In the first chapter, the research agenda for this volume was set out in terms of offering a comparative analysis between countries which would yield detailed explanations for the emergence of victims of crime as the objects of widespread policy rhetoric and reform at the level of individual jurisdictions and for international organizations. It was hypothesized that, as well as being relevant to the study of victimology, such an analysis would also cast light on how policy making in the wider sense operates at the transnational and international level.1 To assist with these endeavours, a draft theoretical framework was presented which charted the emergence of societal changes at the transnational and international level through to the present position in which the victim reform agenda has arguably become globalized.2 This draft framework will be drawn upon to provide a basic structure for the conclusions set out in this chapter and, as such, is worth replicating here (see Figure 7.1).3