Rethinking ASBOs

Peter Squires, Dawn Stephen

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Increasing criticism has accompanied the rising numbers of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) imposed. In this short paper we review some of our own recent research findings in conjunction with other recent commentaries to question whether the declared intentions behind the introduction of the ASBO are being achieved in practice. We argue that there are a number of fundamental problems with ASBO enforcement. We conclude by urging for the resurrection of a critical and reflective practice in community safety policy development and implementation and for a recognition that there are more just and effective alternatives to our current, seemingly ‘enforcement led’, interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-528
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


  • anti-social behaviour
  • community safety
  • discipline
  • enforcement
  • youth


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