The International Crime Drop: New Directions in Research

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J. J. M. van Dijk, Jan van Dijk, Andromachi Tseloni, Graham Farrell
Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 14, 2012 - Law - 333 pages
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Drawing on studies from major European countries and Australia, this exciting new collection from a group of internationally-renowned scholars extends the ongoing debate on falling crime rates from the perspective of criminal opportunity or routine activity theory. Considering the trends and discourse of the international crime fall, this book analyses the effect of Post World War II crime booms which triggered a universal improvement in security across the Western world, such as the introduction of mandatory security in motor vehicles in Europe and the US. Preliminary evidence is also presented on the impact of collective improvements in home security, analyzing levels of household burglaries and their distribution amongst the population in The Netherlands, England and Wales.


The International Crime Drop discusses how improved security against volume crime has initiated a prolonged recession on criminal markets in the West, a downturn that appears largely independent from criminal policies of individual governments. With fresh evidence for the causes of international falls in crime, this book signals a new direction in epidemiological studies of crime.




 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I International Trends
9
Part II Crime Analysis and Patterns
157
Part III New Perspectives
229
A Summing Up
300
Name Index
321
Subject Index
326
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MARCELO F. AEBI University of Lausanne, Switzerland ANDREW BRITTON Home Office Statistics, UK MARCUS FELSON Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Texas, USA ANNA ALVAZZI DEL FRATE Small Arms Survey, Switzerland SHURYO FUJITA John Jay College, USA LAURA GARIUS PhD Student, Loughborough University, UK LOUISE GROVE Lecturer of Criminology and Social Policy, University of Loughborough, UK KRISTIINA KANGASPUNTA UNICRI, Italy CHRIS KERSHAW Home Office Statistics, UK MARTIN KILLIAS Academy of Experimental Criminology Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland BRUNO LANFRANCONI Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (Suva), Switzerland ANTONIA LINDE Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, Spain) and University of Lausanne, Switzerland INEKE HAEN MARSHALL Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University, USA MICHAEL MAXFIELD Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College, USA PAT MAYHEW London, UK STEVEN F. MESSNER Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Albany, USA SARAH OSBORNE Home Office Statistics, UK RICHARD ROSENFELD Curators Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA KEVIN SMITH Home Office Statistics, UK REBECCA THOMPSON Nottingham Trent University, UK NICK TILLEY Professor in the Department of Security and Crime Science, Jill Dando Institute, University College London, UK GIULIA MUGELLINI TRANSCRIME Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, Italy BEN VOLLAARD Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of Tillburg University, The Netherlands

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