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Social insecurities and fear of crime: a cross-national study on the impact of welfare state policies on crime-related anxieties

Hummelsheim, Dina and Hirtenlehner, Helmut and Jackson, Jonathan and Oberwittler, Dietrich (2011) Social insecurities and fear of crime: a cross-national study on the impact of welfare state policies on crime-related anxieties. European Sociological Review, 27 (3). pp. 327-345. ISSN 0266-7215

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Identification Number: 10.1093/esr/jcq010

Abstract

This article assesses the association between national welfare state regimes and public insecurities about crime across Europe. A multi-level analysis of respondents in 23 countries sampled in the 2004-05 European Social Survey finds a strong relationship between insecurities about crime and national levels of social expenditure and decommodification of social welfare policy. Some social protection measures are more strongly associated with national levels of fear of crime than others, especially public non-monetary support for children and families that strengthens the individual’s capacity to cope with problems on their own. We conclude with the idea that state-level social protections may buffer the development of widespread fear of crime by increasing self-efficacy and thereby mitigating various social and economic fears.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2010 Oxford University Press
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 11:57
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 10:41
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27299

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