The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics

The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics

by Lisa L. Miller


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In The Myth of Mob Rule, Lisa Miller compares three countries—the US, the UK, and the Netherlands—and explores when and with what consequences crime becomes a politically salient issue. Drawing from extensive original research, her findings reverse many of the accepted causal claims in the literature, finding that countries with multi-party parliamentary systems are more responsive to mass publics than the U.S. on crime and that such responsiveness promotes protection from a range of social risks, including from excessive violence and state repression. In other words, democratic publics in such countries support measures against violent crime, but also support policies that alleviate and improve social conditions in high-crime areas. The Myth of Mob Rule is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ways that political institutions affect crime and social welfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190921682
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lisa L. Miller is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, and author of The Perils of Federalism (OUP).

Table of Contents

1. Mass Publics, Crime, and Democratic Politics
2. Security from Violence as Collective Good
3. The Non-Politics of Crime in Post-war Britain
4. Violence, Racialized Risk, and U.S. Exceptionalism
5. Collective Security in The Netherlands
6. Two Cheers for Mob Rule
Methodological Appendix A
Methodological Appendix B

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