The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy

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Much of the scholarly literature and principal books on criminal justice and crime control policy take the operations of the criminal justice system, the causes of crime and delinquency, theories about crime and justice, and crime prevention as the central topics for study and policy analysis. But law enforcement and public officials create policy responses to specific crimes, not broad categories of offenses. In order to develop the most effective policies, one needs to understand why particular crimes occur and what approaches might best prevent them or minimize the harm they cause.

Taking this fresh perspective, The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy offers a comprehensive examination of crimes as public policy subjects. Michael Tonry, a leading authority on criminology, has brought together the most distinguished active scholars in the field to present a wide-ranging overview and analysis of violent and sexual crimes, property crimes, transactional crimes, transnational crimes, and crimes against morality. The crimes investigated range from often-discussed offenses (homicide, auto theft, sexual violence) to those that only recently began to receive attention (child abuse, domestic violence, environmental crimes); it includes new crimes (identity theft, cybercrime) as well as age-old crimes (drug abuse, gambling, prostitution). Written in a straightforward and accessible manner, each chapter explains why crimes happen, how often, and what we know about efforts to prevent or control them.

Aimed at a wide audience of scholars, students, and policy makers, the Handbook is the definitive reference work on crimes and public policy responses to them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195336177
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Free University Amsterdam, and visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He is the author or editor of more than 40 books, including Why Punish? How Much? (OUP 2011) and The Handbook of Crime and Punishment (OUP 1998).

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Table of Contents

Preface About the Contributors Crime and Public Policy , Michael Tonry
Part I. Violent and Sexual Crime
1. Homicide and Serious Assaults, Richard Rosenfeld
2. Sexual Violence, Lisa Sample
3. Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig
4. Robbery, Philip J. Cook
5. Domestic Violence, Denise Hines
6. Child Abuse, Kathie Malley-Morrison and Denise Hines
Part II. Property Crime
7. Burglary, Wim Bernasco
8. Auto Theft, Michael Cherbonneau and Richard Wright
9. Financial Crimes, Michael Levi
10. Identity Theft, Heith Copes and Lynne Vieraitis
Part III. Transactional Crime
11. Organizational Crime, Neal Shover and Jennifer Scroggins
12. Organized Crime, James Finckenauer
13. Environmental Crime, Peter Yeager and Sally Simpson
14. Money Laundering, Michael Levi and Peter Reuter
15. Tax Evasion, Valerie Braithwaite
Part IV. Transnational Crime
16. Human Smuggling, Edward R. Kleemans
17. Terrorism, Laura Dugan
18. Trafficking in Cultural Artifacts, A.J.G. (Edgar) Tijhuis
19. Cybercrime, Samuel C. McQuade III
Part V. Crimes against Morality
20. Drug Abuse, Robert J. MacCoun and Karin D. Martin
21. Hate Crimes, Valerie Jenness
22. Prostitution, Jody Miller
23. Anti-social Behavior, Michael Tonry and Harriet Bildsten
24. Gambling, John Dombrink

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