Call for boycott of central research

Graham Willgoss

A leading criminologist has called for a boycott of Home Office research, claiming the department's studies merely "rubber-stamp the political priorities of the government of the day".

The comments were made by Dr Reece Walters, a senior lecturer in criminology at Stirling University, in an article in Criminal Justice Matters, the quarterly magazine that is published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King's College London.

However, Ruth Lister, professor of social policy at Loughborough University, said the criticism should not be generalised and applied to all government research.

"I'm not aware of the misuse of independent research in social policy and government, and it's not a criticism I've come across," she said.

A Home Office spokesman added: "Such disagreements are not unusual in the research field and do not in any way demonstrate that the Home Office manipulates or distorts research findings."

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