Proceedings of Criminology No. 73 - EUROCRIM 2013 Special Issue

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Proceedings of Criminology No. 73 - EUROCRIM 2013 Special Issue


I am pleased to present to you this special issue of Proceedings of Criminology. The aim of its publication was to provide for the public some of the papers presented at the plenary sessions of an exceptionally successful annual conference of the European Society of Criminology held at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest on september 4–7, 2013. the general title of the conference was “Beyond Punitiveness: Crime and Crime Control in Europe in a Comparative Perspective”. The conference was arranged by the university’s department of Criminology and the Hungarian Society of Criminology.

The participants focused on the comparative analysis of governmental politics and criminal policy. There is an increasing anxiety among criminologists that populist criminal policy based on anglo-saxon tradition will become dominant in europe. it seemed for a while that total crime control, especially criminal justice will acquire a leading role in high politics. some european governments are trying to handle social and ethnic conflicts emerging in global society and the distrust against politics and the criminal justice system by ever harsher punishments. as a result the prison population is steadily increasing and the number of severely punishable criminal offences and offenders is growing. The various deviant behaviors originated from social strains are getting to be more frequently criminalized. The “law and order” mentality led to the spread of legal measures restricting habeas corpus rights. only a few european countries proved to be resistant to these tendencies. The participants tried to identify those factors that influenced the recent trends of crime control, the actual patterns of criminal policy and the responses of the governments.

These themes were discussed by more than 1000 participants from 54 countries – amongst them 70 Hungarian experts, both theorists and practitioners – in 6 plenary sections and 221 sessions. The speakers at the plenary sessions were Gerben Bruinsma (The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement), David Garland (New York University), Mike Hough (University of London), Susanne Karstedt (University of Leeds), Klára Kerezsi (National institute of Criminology), Hans-Jürgen Kerner (University of Tübingen), Martin Killias (University of St. Gallen), Miklós Lévay (Eötvös Loránd University), Nerea Marteache (California State University San Bernardino), Irena Rzeplinska (Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences), Sappho Xenakis (University of London), Damian Zaitch (University of Utrecht), and Ales Završnik (University of Ljubljana, Institute of Criminology).

After the conference, we offered the possibility of publication of the presentations to all plenary speakers. I express my deepest gratitude to those who responded in the affirmative and provided an edited version of their papers thus making us possible to present this valuable material to the public.


Klara Kerezsi: Challenges of Criminality in Hungary: Anything New Under the Sun?
Miklós Lévay: Of Hungarian Criminology and Development of Criminal Policy in Hungary since Changing the Regime in 1989–1990
Nerea Marteache: Measuring Public Views on Sex Offending as a Source for Criminal Policy-Making
David Garland: Cultures of Control and Penal States
Susanne Karstedt: Europe as a Normative Power: Cultural Peers and Penal Policies
Hans-Jürgen Kerner: Relationship among crime, criminology and criminal policy: Thoughts about an as challenging as intricate issue in the history, and for the present situation and the future of our discipline
Irena Rzeplińska: An evergreen or forgotten subject: relationship among crime, criminology and criminal policy