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A question of scandal? The police and the phone-hacking business

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posted on 11.07.2017, 09:14 by Rob C. Mawby
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.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2017, in press

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

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SAGE Publications

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1748-8958

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1748-8966

Copyright date

2016

Available date

11/07/2017

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748895816677315

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en

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