Review Essay: John Pratt and Anna Eriksson (2013) 'Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism'


This review essay combines the comments made by David Brown, Russell Hogg and Mark Finanne at the Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: 2nd International Conference July 2013. It is followed by a rejoinder by the two authors John Pratt and Anna Eriksson.

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Published: 2013-11-01
Pages:120 to 134
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Brown, D., Hogg, R., Finnane, M., Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2013) “Review Essay: John Pratt and Anna Eriksson (2013) ’Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism’”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(3), pp. 120-134. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i3.124.

Author Biographies

University of New South Wales

Emeritus Professor David Brown taught Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Crime Prevention, Community Corrections and Penology courses at the University of NSW in Sydney from 1974 to 2008. He is a co-author of the major and innovative Criminal Laws (1990), (2nd edn 1996) and (3rd edn 2001) (4th edn 2006) (5th edn 2011) which has become the leading student teaching text in criminal law in universities in NSW.
Professor Brown is very widely published across the broad areas of criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and penology, both in Australia and internationally. He has co-authored or co-edited 10 books; published 33 chapters in books, and over 100 articles in journals and in conference proceedings published; given 120 conference papers or public addresses all over the world; and is a regular media commentator on criminal justice issues.

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Russell Hogg has published widely in the areas of criminology and criminal justice studies, including Policing the Rural Crisis (Federation Press, 2006, co-authored with Kerry Carrington) and Critical Criminology: Issues, Debates, Challenges (Willan, 2002, co-edited with Kerry Carrington). He is also co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on crime in rural Australia.

Griffith University

Professor of History and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow

ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security

Griffith University

He was Director of CEPS in 2009. He was a Member of the ARC College of Experts (2008-10). He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (since 2001) and has served on the Council of the Academy (2006-10). Mark’s doctoral research on mental illness is the foundation for his later work on the history of policing, punishment and criminal justice. His books include Insanity and the Insane in Post-Famine Ireland (1981 and 2003), Police and Government: Histories of Policing in Australia (1994), Punishment in Australian Society (1997), When Police Unionise: the Politics of Law and Order in Australia (2002) and JV Barry: a Life (2007). Mark’s current research, funded through an ARC Professorial Fellowship, focuses on responses to violence in Australian history. In 2012 he published (with Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland) Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty after Empire (Palgrave Macmillan), a study of the criminal law’s response to Aboriginal crimes of violence over the last two centuries. At CEPS, Mark leads the project Historical Threats, investigating the changing political, institutional, legal and social conditions that characterise modern institutions and discourses of policing and security.

Victoria University of Wellington
 New Zealand

Professor Pratt was Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Research Fellow July 2009 to June 2012. He was also a Fellow at the Straus Institute for Advanced Studies of Law and Justice, New York University 2010/ 2011. His new book (with Anna Eriksson), Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism, will be published in the Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice series, January 2013.

Monash University
Anna Eriksson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and has been working at Monash University since 2007. Originally from Sweden, she completed her undergraduate in criminology and behaviour science at Griffith University, Australia, before an MPhil in criminology at Cambridge, and a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2009, she received the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology New Scholar of the Year Award and the same year she was also a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London. In 2011, she was awarded one of only two Australian Research Council DECRAs in criminology for a 3-year project on comparative penology, where she will explore processes of ‘othering’ in the penal systems in Australia and Sweden.