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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347305

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.001.0001

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The local politics of community safety: local policy for local people?

The local politics of community safety: local policy for local people?

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Community safety

Matt Follett

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the role of local authorities in community safety policy development, incorporating findings from some recent research fieldwork. It attempts to show that many local authorities have for some time understood their own contributions to local crime and disorder management, certainly predating the statutory role given them by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act (CDA). It gives consideration to a number of critical criminological approaches to community safety, alongside this review of community safety policy development, from the 1980s to the CDA. It argues that in order to understand the role of local authorities in community safety, one also has to have a good understanding of the working of local government itself. It further argues that this ‘space’ is now being increasingly contested by elected representatives in ways that directly affect the nature and direction of local community safety policies.

Keywords:   local authorities, policy development, crime, Crime and Disorder Act, criminological approaches, elected representatives

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