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Crime and the Economy

Crime and the Economy

  • Richard Rosenfeld - Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of St.Louis Missouri, USA, Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St Louis
  • Steven F Messner - University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

April 2013 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the current economic climate, this book could not be more timely. One of the world's leading experts explores the connections between crime and economic conditions, linking the formal economy to the operation of illegal markets and both, in turn, to changes in the forms and levels of crime over time.

The book offers a readable, interesting and accessible analysis, covering a range of theoretical and empirical approaches. It addresses a range of different criminal activities, including:

" violent crime

" burglary

" drug crime

" white collar crime

" organised crime

" fraud

" corporate crime

Crime and the Economy is written in plain English, technical terms (when used) are be explained clearly, examples punctuate the discussion, and visual material is used throughout to explain the topics under discussion. It is essential reading for undergraduates and graduates in criminology and sociology.

Through the Looking Glass: The Complex Relationship between Crime and the Economy
The Theoretical Toolkit of Contemporary Criminology
Bringing in Institutions: Markets, Morality and Crime
Understanding the Economic Context of Crime in Capitalist Societies
Implications for Policy and Social Change

Is it greed or need that causes crime in contemporary consumer societies? In five brilliant chapters world-leading criminologists Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner explore issues from market morality to welfare policies. With their trade-mark mastery of theoretical tools and empirical data they provide a stunning overview of ideas and research, and impress with fresh insights into a classical problem of criminology. This book will fascinate students as much as advanced researchers.
Susanne Karstedt
Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds

The relationship between crime and the economy is surprisingly

complex, frequently defying easy description. In this slim and highly readable volume Rosenfeld and Messner deftly lead us through these complexities, making a convincing argument that the strength of social institutions provides the key link between poor economic performance and rising crime rates.
Gary LaFree
University of Maryland

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