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Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners

Nathan Hughes

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.003.0010
Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners

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This chapter looks at the tension between the development and implementation of policy, both in the macro-management of government and in the interaction of a diverse range of professionals, which guided the study of the implementation of a Bail Support and Supervision (BSS) Scheme within one Youth Offending Team. It explores how this policy's intended aims are interpreted by two key local stakeholder groups. The official aims and guidance associated with this policy represent just one of three competing perspectives and influences on the development of BSS policy within the locality, as the intended outcomes of the initiative are challenged and the processes and procedures designed to control its functioning are either ignored or resisted. The chapter thus provides an illustrative example of the complex processes through which centralised, managerialist policy can be resisted and subverted by those charged with its implementation.

Keywords: criminal justice; BSS; stakeholder groups; bail support; managerialist policy

Chapter.  5999 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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