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    Crime, policing and compliance with the law

    Hough, Mike (2015) Crime, policing and compliance with the law. In: Michie, J. and Cooper, C. (eds.) Why the Social Sciences Matter. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143-160. ISBN 9781137269904.

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    Social scientific research has made a very substantial contribution to specialist academic understanding of crime and its control. This chapter sketches out that contribution that has been made in three areas: our understanding of crime trends; our knowledge of policing and its effects of crime; and the factors that encourage people to comply with the law. The ways in which practitioners and academics think about these issues has been transformed over the last half-century, and social scientific research is a significant factor in achieving this transformation. However, the same research has achieved a much more tenuous hold on political and public discourse about crime, and the chapter concludes with a discussion of the reasons for this, and offers some thoughts on how social science should aim to extend its reach into highly politicised issues such as “law and order”.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Crime trends, victim surveys, police effectiveness, procedural justice, penal populism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Mike Hough
    Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 14:04
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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