Carina Gallo, Kerstin Svensson
May 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138584792 - CAT# K377024
Series: Victims, Culture and Society
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This book provides a rich analysis of the history of Swedish victim support. With the majority research on victim support centering on the Anglosphere, this book offers a unique case study for considering the role of the victim in the criminal justice system. While Sweden has enacted many laws to support victims, and victim assistance programs have grown rapidly, welfare policy has become more restrictive, and crime policy, to some degree, more punitive.
Drawing on archival material and interviews with key representatives for the National Association for Victim Support (BOJ), this book examines what role the victim movement has played in a changing welfare state. It argues that BOJ filled a function in the decentralization and privatization of the Swedish welfare state, and explores distinctive features of the Swedish victim movement, and the form it has taken, as compared to other countries.
The book will be of interest to scholars and students of criminology, sociology, social policy, civil society studies, and social work, and those engaged in studies of victims and victimology.
1. Introduction 2. The Golden Age of the Welfare State 3. The end of social-democratic hegemony 4. A welfare state in transformation 5. A welfare state in times of crisis 6. A hibernated welfare state 7. Marketization and Europeanization of the welfare state 8. Victim support and the state in close alliance
"It is rare to have a comparative analysis of the genesis and evolution of victim support outside a small clutch of English-speaking countries. Victim Support and the Welfare State is thus special because it looks at the birth of just such a development in Sweden, hardly a stranger to that world, but one that was quite individual, engulfed as it was in a welfare state where there was not even a term for crime victim. We have had descriptions in the past of the links between welfare and incarceration, and welfare and crime rates, but none between welfare and victim services. Gallo and Svensson’s book is therefore doubly welcome, tracing, as it does, the shaping step by step of an unusual project through a succession of remarkably distinctive financial, political and policy regimes."
Paul Rock, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics