Law and Order

  • Vic George
  • Paul Wilding


High and increasing crime rates are an indication of society’s failure to secure adherence to common norms and patterns of behaviour — something which is obviously central to a society’s sustainability. A democratic society that cannot secure majority adherence to the basic values, norms and patterns of behaviour required for its common life is failing in a task essential to its survival and its future. Descent into a Hobbesian state of nature threatens.


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Further Reading


  1. Audit Commission (1996) Misspent Youth, London, Audit Commission. Possesses all the usual virtues of the Audit Commission’s work — sharp, critical, very up to date and splendidly presented.Google Scholar
  2. Cook, D. (1997) Poverty, Crime and Punishment, London, Child Poverty Action Group. A very accessible introduction to major aspects of the issues considered in this chapter.Google Scholar
  3. Farrington, D.I. (1991) Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime, York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. An excellent distillation of a huge body of research.Google Scholar
  4. Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (eds) (1994) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Contains everything most students would want to know about criminology.Google Scholar

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© Vic George and Paul Wilding 1999

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  • Vic George
  • Paul Wilding

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