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Title: A question of scandal? The police and the phone-hacking business
Authors: Mawby, Rob C.
First Published: 15-Nov-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2017, in press
Abstract: Scandals have featured consistently in the development and operation of public policing in England and Wales. However, criminologists have rarely explored scandal as a concept or its attempted management by criminal justice organizations. This article contributes to the filling of this gap with the intention of initiating debate on the utility of scandal as a conceptual tool for the analysis of policing and criminal justice. It identifies the core components of a scandal using an analytical framework informed by scandal research undertaken across disciplinary areas. Taking a case study approach, this framework is applied to the Leveson Inquiry which explored a combination of potentially scandalous episodes within the overarching scandal of phone-hacking. The article concludes that phone-hacking was a scandal at macro and micro levels under this framework yet damage to the reputation of the police was mitigated through active impression management and enduring characteristics of the police image.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1748895816677315
ISSN: 1748-8958
eISSN: 1748-8966
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author 2016. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Criminology

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