Criminology and Democratic Politics brings together a range of international leading experts to consider the relationship between criminology and democratic politics. How does criminology relate to democratic politics? What has been the impact of criminology on crime and justice? How can we make sense of the uses, non-uses, and abuses of criminology? Such questions are far from new, but in recent times they have moved to the centre of debate in criminology in different parts of the world.

The chapters in Criminology and Democratic Politics aim to contribute to this global debate. Chapters cover a range of themes such as punishment, knowledge, and penal politics; crime, fear, and the media; democratic politics and the uses of criminological knowledge; and the public role of criminology.

An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, and politics and all those interested in how criminology relates to democratic politics in modern times.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByTom Daems, Stefaan Pleysier

chapter 2|16 pages

A conversation with Richard Sparks 1

ByTom Daems, Stefaan Pleysier

chapter 3|17 pages

Authoritarian under-labouring?

ByJohn Braithwaite

chapter 4|17 pages

Criminology’s plausible worlds

Ideologies, crime control, and the practice of democratic under-labouring
ByIan Loader

chapter 5|29 pages

Public and southern criminologies

A possible encounter
ByMáximo Sozzo

chapter 6|15 pages

Desistance research and penal policy

ByAnthony Bottoms

chapter 8|20 pages

Punishment and epistemological politics in Europe

ByTom Daems

chapter 9|22 pages

Outrage marketing and deceptive campaigning

Populist and epistocratic pathologies of an anti-political era
ByBas van Stokkom

chapter 10|21 pages

Epistemic public criminology

The fallacies of evidence-based policing
ByTim Hope

chapter 11|22 pages

Public perceptions of the seriousness of crime

A valid indicator of actual crime seriousness? 1
ByLetizia Paoli, Jonas Visschers, An Adriaenssen, Susanne Karstedt, Victoria A. Greenfield

chapter 12|17 pages

Dark sides and black holes

A study of criminological research utilization in two sex offender policies
ByLuc Robert

chapter 13|18 pages

Reflections on knowledge exchange and democratic under-labouring

Encounters, brokering, and the collective impact of engagement
ByAlistair Henry

chapter 14|20 pages

Different worlds

Police, police research, and policy in Belgium
ByAntoinette Verhage

chapter 15|14 pages

90 years of criminology at the KU Leuven

Political, theoretical, and institutional considerations
ByCyrille Fijnaut