Source: (2008) Cullompton, Devon UK: Willan Publishing.

The first aim of this book is to find clarity. I am going to try to distil out of the large and diverse restorative justice literature what are in my view the essentials of restorive justice, and what it should be ideally. In doing so, I hope to propose a clearer distinction between (1) the core of restorative justice as a restricted option on doing justice after the occurrence of a crime, (2) the other practices of resolving conflicts and injustices that are inspired by the same participatory and peace-promoting philosophy, (3) the socio-ethical roots which inspire not only the choice for restorative justice but also many other movements and practices, and finally (4) the social political or ideological movement of which the restorative justice movement can be a part. While these four areas are mutually closely interdependent and inspirational, they are different things. It is crucial to recognize that, in order to better mark out the objects of our discourses and research. A sharper view allows better scrutiny and better advancement....The second purpose of this book is precisely to dig up the socio-ethical and ideological layers that inspire and pursuit of restorative justice and other deliberative models in conflict resolution. (Excerpt from Author)