By David James George Hennessey Windlesham
This book completes Lord Windlesham's trilogy of works examining the contemporary history of criminal justice and lawmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States. Like the first two volumes, Volume Three offers a unique account of the development of the government's criminal justice legislation and the processes of policy formation, drafting and parliamentary scrutiny. His assessment of the media is of special interest, as is the examination of the influence of party "grass-roots" on the voting patterns of politicians. A comparison with the corresponding processes and political influences in the United States provides a new, highly relevant and sobering comparison. It is, however, the author's cool examination of the evidence and his trenchant expression of his own judgements which gives this contemporary history particular value for today and for generations to come.