Revisiting Margaret Thatcher’s law and order agenda: The slow-burning fuse of punitiveness

@article{Farrall2016RevisitingMT,
  title={Revisiting Margaret Thatcher’s law and order agenda: The slow-burning fuse of punitiveness},
  author={Stephen Farrall and Naomi Burke and Colin Hay},
  journal={British Politics},
  year={2016},
  volume={11},
  pages={205-231}
}
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