We all have commonsense ideas about what crime is. Splashed on the front pages of newspapers and a daily staple of TV, literary, and film entertainment—crime stories are big news and big business. However, usually it is the most visible and obvious crimes that receive the most attention. Many harms and injustices which are widespread and can result in deadly consequences seem to gain comparatively less interest. Inequalities in harmful experiences according to ethnicity, age, class and gender reveal a range of direct and indirect, visible and invisible, public and private harms.
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In searching for a way out, academics, EU institutions, and political forces advocate the involvement of civil society. Does this hold upon closer scrutiny? This is the main question of the book. The book presents the results of a large research project composed of several highly original empirical studies.
The research team used various methodological approaches and generated a rich data set. The wealth of empirical insight is evaluated against clear criteria deduced from normative democratic theory. As key elements of the analyses - democracy, participation, and civil society - are contested concepts, the authors placed particular emphasize on clarifying their understanding of these concepts and on considering competing interpretations.
By relying on a consistent theoretical approach the authors present an unusually balanced evaluation. They come to convincing, though rather skeptical conclusions.
Civil society participation in EU governance is not the democratic remedy its advocates had hoped for. This may not be a welcome but nevertheless it is an important finding both for European decision-makers, for civil society organizations and for scholars.
Power, crime and mystification
Start your review of Power, Crime and Mystification Write a review Mar 06, Stefan Szczelkun rated it it was amazing This is a classic study that is still relevant 35 years later. First published in Written with great style and eloquence. The crimes of the powerful the state and corporations victimise those communities within which anti-social behaviour arises. The state and corporations are not seen to themselves have anti-social behaviour. We should be asking if those behind bars are our most dangerous criminals? Few know about the crimes of the managerial classes.
What is crime?