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FIDUCIA is a research project that will shed light on a number of distinctively “new European” criminal behaviours that have emerged in the last decade
FIDUCIA Newsletter Issue 2 ~ 26 Oct 2012
The FIDUCIA project offers key findings on "populistic discourse" and trust-based policy

The first Progress Meeting of the FIDUCIA project took place in Bilbao on 12 and 13 September 2012.

Partners met to discuss the status of ongoing research on European crimes, and future developments of a model of trust-based policy to fight penal populism across Europe.

In the first six months of the project, activities were designed to map the state of the art with regard to crime trends, policies and the topic of trust in justice.

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The Media’s Influence on Criminal justice policy

Why are we so fascinated by crime and deviance? If the media can so successfully engage the public’s fascination, can they equally tap into – and increase – people’s fears about crime? Is the media’s interest in – some would say, obsession with – crime harmful? What exactly is the relationship between the mass media and crime?

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Latest on Fiducia

Rethinking position on penal populism
The instrumental approach to compliance has often been reduced to a sort of penal populism, and the associated policies boiled down to an over-simplistic “getting tough” approach. According to Professor John Pratt, a leading international authority on penal populism, the original concept of “penal populism” was initially outlined in the work of Sir Anthony Bottoms, a criminologist at Cambridge University.

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Public Discussion: Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework
On 30 March 2012 the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a public discussion on the report Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: a Study on the Legal Framework. Representatives of the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice, experts, academics and attorneys took part in the discussion.

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Policy Briefing and Presentation: Public Trust in Criminal Justice
On February 23, 2012, the Center for the Study of Democracy organized a presentation of a report on the Public Trust in Criminal Justice. The authors presented their analysis of the study results on the public trust in the police and courts, the public perceptions of the level of corruption in these institutions and the subjective perceptions of fear of crime in Bulgaria.

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Latest Publications

» Compliance with the Law and Policing by Consent: Notes on Police and Legal Legitimacy
» Trust in Justice and the Legitimacy of Legal Authorities: Topline Findings from a Comparative European
» Psychology of Procedural Justice and Cooperation
» Trust in the Police after the terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway
» Trust, legitimacy and the effectiveness of public institutions

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