Mapping the Criminal Justice Policy Community: Implications for Research

Karim Ismaili, St. John's University

This paper will attempt to advance criminal justice policy analysis by drawing on a number of conceptual tools that political scientists have developed to assist researchers in their explorations of particular policy sectors. Among those tools that are the concepts "policy community" and "policy network." The paper will argue that by drawing on concepts from political science, the process of policy development can be both illuminated and understood more clearly. In particularly volatile policy areas like criminal justice, conceptual tools that help to organize the policy environment are especially necessary.

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