A tale of two capitalisms: preliminary spatial and historical comparisons of homicide rates in Western Europe and the USA

Steve Hall, Craig McLean

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Abstract

This article examines comparative homicide rates in the United States and Western Europe in an era of increasingly globalized neoliberal economics. The main finding of this preliminary analysis is that historical and spatial correlations between distinct forms of political economy and homicide rates are consistent enough to suggest that social democratic regimes are more successful at fostering the socio-cultural conditions necessary for reduced homicide rates. Thus Western Europe and all continents and nations should approach the importation of American neo-liberal economic policies with extreme caution. The article concludes by suggesting that the indirect but crucial causal connection between political economy and homicide rates, prematurely pushed into the background of criminological thought during the ‘cultural turn’, should be returned to the foreground.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-339
JournalTheoretical Criminology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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