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The Transformation of the Politics of Crime in High Crime Societies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2004 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 1, no 4, 486-504 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study proceeds from the understanding that the last three decades have witnessed a shift in the state response to crime across Western Europe. The focus of the study is directed at analysing two mechanisms that the research literature has identified as important for the shift in crime policy witnessed over the last three decades, namely crime trends and ideology. It is concluded that crime trends do not constitute a fully satisfactory explanation. Complementarily it is shown that it exist clear differences in the way youth crime has been viewed by the different political camps during the period 1970–1999. There is also a clear political dynamic in the crime question. Crime is a social problem that is primarily placed on the political agenda by conservatives when social democratic governments are in power.

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2004. Vol. 1, no 4, 486-504 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52302OAI: diva2:386975
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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