A question of good governance?

Developments in crime prevention internationally

Authored by: Jacqui Karn

Routledge Handbook of International Criminology

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415779098
eBook ISBN: 9780203864708
Adobe ISBN: 9781135193850


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This chapter aims to provide an introduction to developments in crime prevention internationally. The chapter will firstly explore the importance of trends in governance for debates around crime prevention. It will then outline the language and politics of prevention in Europe and North America that have influenced exchange of policy internationally. A brief outline of the challenges faced by developing countries in which high crime levels exist will then inform a discussion of the implications for policy transfer to developing countries of approaches developed in resource-rich countries, and will outline some influential home-grown approaches to violence prevention in Latin America. The chapter will close with a discussion of some of the challenges and opportunities presented by comparative research on crime prevention internationally.

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