Source: (2001) In Victim policies and criminal justice on the road to restorative justice: Essays in honour of Tony Peters, ed. E. Fattah and S. Parmentier, 315-328. With an introduction by E. Fattah and S. Parmentier. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

As conceived and advanced by many proponents, restorative justice represents a fundamental critique of the existing criminal justice system and a major paradigm shift from the current approach to keeping peace in society. Against this background, Driedger examines the restorative justice paradigm as it relates to societal development and the quality of life in society. As a key part of this examination, he considers the potential of the restorative justice paradigm to enhance the quality of life. Hence, after defining his major terms, he looks at these subjects: violence and victimization; restorative justice as a paradigm shift; reformulation of the existing world view; the criminal justice system; societal development, human well-being, and restorative justice; and the potential of restorative justice to benefit the quality of life in societies.