An analytical account of the politicized meaning of law and order is presented in this article using two theoretical frameworks to account for the politicization of law and order from the 1960s and 1970s onward. Debates that emerged from the 1990s that seek to explain the success of the politicization of the 'get tougher' movement are also discussed. In addition to its politicized meaning, law and order has an older and broader historical meaning, which is focused on the front-end of the criminal justice system. Findings from empirical analyses of crime control variables are presented that show too little attention has been paid to the historical meaning of law and order that is a more representative measure of state activities in crime control.
|Publication status||Published - 2006|