Left Realism and Social Democratic Renewal

  • Queensland University of Technology


At its inception Left Realism argued the need to develop a radical social democratic approach to crime. I argue that its contribution and continuing relevance primarily lies in this political project, the need for which has not dissipated. But this can only be advanced as an integral component of a more general renewal of social democratic ideas and politics that challenges the hegemony of neo-liberalism. This is far from guaranteed. The possibilities and challenges after the global financial crisis are considered. I argue for a rethinking of some core themes from early Left Realism to (as I see it) better complement the task of social democratic renewal in the present.

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Published: 2016-09-01
Pages:66 to 79
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How to Cite
Hogg, R. (2016) “Left Realism and Social Democratic Renewal”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 5(3), pp. 66-79. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v5i3.336.

Author Biography

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.