English title: Crime and Social Indicators: Measuring the Association and Comparing Trends

Author(s): Silvia Bartoletti -

Language: English

Type: Thesis / dissertation

Year: 2013

Abstract

Measuring crime in Europe is problematic because many different legal concept definitions and statistic collect ing practices have been embraced in each country. In recent years, numerous efforts have been made to further this overarching goal and today, there are sources that present more comparable information on crime in Europe. At the same time, the European Union has produced broadly agreed upon structural indicators , called ‘social indicators’, to systematically report, monitor, and analyze living conditions and quality of life. These indicators help to contextualize crime by describing and rel ating to today’s European realities. On the basis of three macro theoretical paradigm indicators (the civilization theory, modernization theory, and opportunity theory), a set of social indicators will be selected and cross-examined with crime rates recorded in Europe. This endeavour will first test the relationship between the social indicators and different types of crimes in order to assess the validity of the theoretical frameworks across Europe as a whole. Second, it will identify a set of risk factors for the selected types of crimes. After that, using advanced statistical techniques (cluster analyses) to identify homogeneous sets of countries across Europe, the comparison will take into account the evolution of crime levels in two selected, averaged periods between 1990 and 2007. Crime trends will be compared and cross- checked with social indicator tendencies to explain crime variations over time.

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Awarding institution: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Number of pages: 161