Politicians Making Choices About Crime Control: A Qualitative Study

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In this paper I focus on how politicians make choices about crime control. How do the rules, plans, laws and policies they are expected to develop come about? How do they make policy? These processes were examined in a study of decision-making processes at the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Justice Marc Verwilghen (1999-2003). Marc Verwilghen held office at a pivotal time, a time of reform and a time in which he came to embody reform. The study shows how political decision-making about crime control is actually experienced and performed by key policymakers. It describes how politicians make policy in practice and achieve desired ends (“what it means to be successful as a politician”).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 1 Sep 2018
EventEuropean Society of Criminology 2018: Crimes Against Humans and Crimes Against Humanity: Implications for Modern Criminology - University of Sarajevo, Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 29 Aug 20181 Sep 2018


ConferenceEuropean Society of Criminology 2018
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
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  • politics
  • decision making
  • politcians
  • crime control


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