Publication Details

Tauri, J. M. (2016). A commentary on ritual and the production of crime control policy in New Zealand. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (1), 201-220.


This commentary highlights the way(s) that ritual plays a significant role in the development of crime control policy in New Zealand. The actions of New Zealand's crime control policy sector is chosen as the focus for the commentary because of its ability to significantly impact individuals and communities through its close relationship with Cabinet, the development and implementation of legislation, and access to significant financial resources. A further motivation is the authors' desire to demystify the heavily ritualised, mythological context that surrounds the policy process and that aids in screening their work from critical scrutiny. The importance of ritual in the contemporary New Zealand policy sector will be demonstrated through discussion of the Organised Crime Strategy developed in 2007.