"David Downes' fascinating comparative analysis takes us a great deal nearer to an understanding of the roots and strength of reductionism in the Netherlands...... powerful and scholarly enquiry" New Statesman and Society "Contrasts in Tolerance is expertly crafted and beautifully written. Professor Downes pinpoints the crucial theoretical issues regarding sentencing, imprisonment, and decarceration and uses original and rich
data that addresses these issues in the Netherlands and in England. In persuasively demonstrating real effects of specific penal policies. Professor Downes is able to address real possibilites for specific penal change. Contrasts in Tolerance is ambitious, creative, and a model in comparative empirical scholarship. As such
it will prove to be a significant and lasting contribution to several fields, including Criminology, Social Policy, Political Science, and Sociology" Richard V Ericson, University of Toronto.
`David Downes's study is one which should be read not just by penologists and Home Office officials--for whom it will be essential--but by anyone who wishes to understand how institutions are shaped by the web of social and cultural relations in which they exist.' David Garland, British Journal of Sociology
'masterly analysis of dutch penal policy'
Adam Sampson, Legal Action, May 1993
`a surprisingly readable and informative book ... he navigates his way through the subject with remarkable clarity ... a book which should be read by doctors who wish to broaden their knowledge base and build up a good forensic library.'
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