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Societies Under Stress: Welfare and Penal Policies amid Rising Insecurity
Organized by Sarah Brooks
From Friday, November 30, 2018
To Saturday, December 01, 2018
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Sarah Brooks

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Conference Statement

This interdisciplinary conference aims at advancing collaborative research on the relationship between social welfare and penal policies across nations. It will bring together scholars from around the globe and from different disciplinary backgrounds, mainly from political science, sociology and criminology or law, to ask: What are the causal links between crime control and social welfare policies? What are the ideological, political, social and historical foundations of these programs within and across nations?

We know little about why some countries are much more active on law and order than on welfare, while others choose the opposite path. What role, for example, do democracy and state capacities, partisan politics, legal systems, political culture, neo-liberal policies and discourses, and the global diffusion of ideas play in shaping policy choices across nations? And under what conditions do countries change path? When do voters become more inclined to support one over the other? Do we see a common shift towards less welfare and more law and order? Or, looking beyond the OECD, does the increase in social protection spending that we see in many countries correlate with more lenient penal policies?

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