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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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.

Pages:120 to 134
Section: Book Reviews


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Author Biographies

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia
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.

David 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
Australia Australia

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.

Professor Mark Finnane is ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and a Professor of History at Griffith University. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), where he convenes a range of historical projects. He has published widely on the history of criminal justice, policing, punishment, and criminal law in both Australia and Ireland. 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) and JV Barry: a Life (2007), a study of the judge, civil libertarian, historian and criminologist Sir John Barry. With Heather Douglas (University of Queensland) he has recently completed Indigenous crime and settler law: white sovereignty after Empire, a study of Australian Aboriginal experience of criminal jurisdiction, published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Mark has been a faculty member of the School of Humanities at Griffith for nearly 30 years, during which he has supervised a wide range of research projects including the the government of Indigenous-settler relations in Australia, the history of policing and criminal justice and contemporary problems in criminal justice in China and Japan.

Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand New Zealand
Professor of Criminology, Institute of Criminology
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ISSN 2202-8005