Epistemological Reflections on the Evaluation of Restorative Justice Practices

Published 11/06/2008
Type Article
Author(s) Jacques Faget
Corresponding Authors Jacques Faget, Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) France and Professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies

This paper presents a reflection on the reasons which motivate the evaluation of restorative justice practices. In a social and institutional domain crowded with believes and symbols it debates what this need for understanding means. With the help of simple questions: who evaluates, for what reasons, what is evaluated and how, it proposes to researchers a small exercise in scientific hygiene useful both for improving their necessary distance and for understanding better the difficulties of evaluative reasoning within the field of restorative justice.