4 Rationalities underpinning the system Introduction The discourse on the failure of the prison, the failure of the institutional model and the failure of juvenile justice system in one form or another has provided the impetus for the reform of the juvenile justice system in Ireland. This registration of failure was a constant theme from the mid-­nineteenth century when reformists argued for the reformatory model to replace imprisonment for juvenile offenders. In Ireland, by the early 1970s the perceived failure of the Children Act 1908 to cater adequately for

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5 The unbearable desire for explicitness and rationality in bioethics Michael Parker and Micaela Ghisleni ‘[S]omeone can only claim that their actions or decisions stem from moral conviction or are dictated by moral considerations – are in short part of an attempt to live by ethical standards, if they can say why those actions are right, if they can show how they are justified. To have a moral belief is, whatever else it is, to believe that the world will be a better place if certain things happen and others do not, and that it will be a worse place if the

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3 Rational choice and community power structures Keith Dowding, Patrick Dunleavy, Desmond King and Helen Margetts The community power debate had a focused interest in discovering who the major power holders were, and how far power was dispersed, in different communities (Hunter 1953; Dahl 1961; Bachrach and Baratz 1970; Polsby 1980; Domhoff 1983). Political theorists, rightly criticizing the simple-minded use of power, formulated a conception of power that moved ever further away from empirical demonstration. Consequently, urban scholars became less interested

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1998a; Amselle 1998a, b). I have organized my essay around the concept of ‘political rationality’, developed by Michel Foucault (Foucault 1982, 1984, 1988a, 1991, 1997a, 1998, 2003). 2 Although Foucault used it in multiple ways, I treat political rationality as an analytic term that refers to socially and historically specific logics of political practice; or, as Foucault put it, to ‘the

in Ordering Africa

with these animals in African communities exemplified the disjunction between officials’ insistence that the South African Police (SAP) apotheosised rational scientific policing and the tawdrier reality of investigations that, as in the case of the murdered sub-headman, more closely approximated witch-finding ordeals. That canine trailing and identification possessed this intrusive character certainly

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what, only a few decades ago, would have been called ‘brain washing’, behavioural economics has required a significant shift in how the actor-potential of the human subject is viewed. Throughout much of the twentieth century, this understanding was shaped by the behavioural avatar of Homo economicus . While Homo economicus could deceive and make one-sided decisions, it did make use of deliberative reason and rationality. More recently, and especially since the 2008 financial crisis, a new behavioural savant has appeared. Drawing on the

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