How does the welfare state reduce crime? The effect of program characteristics and decommodification across 18 OECD-countries
Maximilian Rudolph and
Journal of Criminal Justice, 2020, vol. 68, issue C
The article revisits the negative effect of welfare state schemes on crime rates with a focus on the pathways of that effect. Social support theory (SST) and institutional anomie theory (IAT) are two related theoretical approaches to explain why – and how – the welfare state might prevent criminal behavior. This article tests the relevance of these theories for cross-country and over-time variation in homicide rates with more precise disaggregated welfare state indicators than used previously.
Keywords: Welfare; Crime; Homicide; Social support theory; Institutional anomie theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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