Violent Hypocrisy: Governance and the Night-time Economy

Stuart Lister, Simon Winlow, Dick Hobbs, Philip Hadfield

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The development of alcohol-based night-time economies as part of government-sponsored post-industrial urban regeneration involves two interconnected political and economic processes. The first is the shift to a consumer economy, and the second is the movement within local governance from the provision of services towards a focus upon nurturing economic growth. The violence and disorder that have resulted from the huge expansion in these night-time economies have produced a crisis for state policing that has led, via licensing, to the expansion of commercially relevant control strategies. This paper, based upon extensive empirical research, discusses the hypocrisy that is inherent in the governance of liminal licence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-185
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


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