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Jeremy Bentham on Police

The Unknown Story and What It Means for Criminology

Distributed for UCL Press

Jeremy Bentham on Police

The Unknown Story and What It Means for Criminology

Recovering Bentham’s thoughts on policing and what they mean for criminology today.
Jeremy Bentham theorized the panopticon as modern policing emerged across the British Empire, yet while his theoretical writing became canonical in criminology, his perspective on the police remains obscure. Jeremy Bentham on Police recovers the reformer’s writings on policing alongside a series of essays that demonstrate their significance to the past, present, and future of criminology.

256 pages | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2021


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"Jeremy Bentham is more often the object of derivative caricature than serious inquiry in criminology. This book carefully appraises Bentham’s contributions to preventive police theory and presents a lively, polyphonic discussion of his significance and legacy for policing and crime control. It promises to inspire a more mature and rewarding engagement with Bentham’s thought in criminology at large."—David Churchill, University of Leeds

David Churchill, University of Leeds

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors Acknowledgements Part I: Chapters 1.The Story of Jeremy Bentham on Police: Bridging the Bentham Project to Criminology Scott Jacques 2.Jeremy Bentham, the Bentham Project and The Collected Works of Jeremy BenthamPhilip Schofield 3.Bentham on Preventive Police: The Calendar of Delinquency in Evaluation of Policy, and the Police Gazette in Manipulation of Opinion Michael Quinn Part II: Extracts 4.Extracts from Jeremy Bentham’s Board-of-Police Bill Jeremy Bentham (Selected and edited by Philip Schofield and Scott Jacques) Part III: Comments The Influence of Bentham on the Development of Focused Deterrence Anthony A. Braga and Stephen Douglas Regulating Crime and the International Crime Drop Ronald Clarke ‘An Attention to Domestic Quiet’: A Comparative Commentary on the Originality or the Otherwise of Bentham’s Views and Writings on Preventive Policing and the Police GazetteDavid J. Cox Bentham’s Virtue Stephen Engelmann On Policing Before Bentham: Differences in Degree and Differences in Kind G. Geltner Bentham’s England and the Longue Durée of Preventive Policing Joel F. Harrington Bentham on the Complex Role of Police Jonathan Jacobs Bentham and Historical Criminology Paul Knepper Bentham: The First Crime Scientist? Gloria Laycock Bentham on Modern Social Control: Prescient, Clairvoyant, Prescient, and More Gary T. Marx Utilitarianism and Policing in the US Daniel S. Nagin Bentham in the Weeds Graeme R. Newman A Genealogy of Bentham’s Preventive Policing Pat O’Malley Bentham on Crime Analysis and Evidence-Based Policing Eric L. Piza Bentham and the Philosophical Nature of Preventive Policing Kim Rossmo and Lucia Summers Bentham in the Colonies Dean Wilson Index

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