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Contemporary Differences in Rates and Trends of Homicide Among European Nations

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of contemporary differences in rates and trends in intentional homicide rates in Europe between 1990 and 2008. The analysis is based on data from the European Sourcebook, United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and Operations of the Criminal Justice System (UNCS), and the World Health Organization (WHO) mortality statistics as well as on published reports (e.g., http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained 2010; International statistics on crime and justice, 2010; European report on preventing violence and knife crime among young people, 2010). First, European homicide rates are placed in a global context, followed by comparisons between individual European countries and between European country clusters based on an elaboration of Esping-Andersen’s (The three worlds of welfare capitalism, 1990) typology of welfare states. The chapter also discusses citizenship (immigration status), gender, age, and weapon selection related to homicide in Europe.

Keywords

Homicide Rate Country Cluster European Cluster Intentional Homicide High Homicide Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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