Source: (2001) In Restorative justice and civil society, eds. Heather Strang and John Braithwaite, 1-13. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Introducing this book of essays, Strang and Braithwaite highlight the purpose in the book of bringing together two vibrant and multifaceted topics of intense discussion, research, and practice: restorative justice and civil society. The authors summarize a number of issues connected with each topic: why restorative justice and civil society engender much interest; reality in relation to hope in both areas; ironies of state and civil society; and principles of restorative justice. At the end of their introduction, Strang and Braithwaite point toward a reframing of the research agenda of restorative justice and the relevance of that research for developing a richer democracy.