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.
Chapter Five: Implications for Policy and Social Change
Implications for Policy and Social Change
In the introduction to Chapter 2, we called attention to the virtue of theory in any scientific discipline. We quoted Carl Hempel, a renowned philosopher of science, who observed that sound theories provide us with ‘a deeper and more accurate understanding of the phenomena in question’ (Hempel, 1966: 70). The overarching objective of Chapter 4 was to make the case that an ‘institutional perspective’ on crime does precisely that; it deepens our understanding of crime in advanced capitalist societies.
In this chapter, we explore the implications of our theoretical framework for social policy and social change.1 Members of the general public and scholars alike are interested not only in understanding crime, but also in using ...