Youth Crime in Western Europe

Will the Old World Imitate the New?
  • Rosemary Barberet
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


Although most of the discipline of criminology can be traced to European roots, now the trend in who looks to whom for crime modalities and trends, research avenues, and related public policy is reversed. Europeans often turn to the United States, despite the availability of local innovations in crime and criminal justice policy. Not only are certain criminal modalities in Europe either “imitations” of American ones or new variations on an old theme, but research and policy frequently are imported from the United States and adapted, for better or for worse, to the European context. A 1998 New York Times article (Cowell, 1988, pp. 1, 4) entitled “Europe Envies America: Now, Teenagers Turn to Crime” is emblematic of this trend. The article speaks of increases in juvenile crime in a “post-welfare state, post-cold war, post-industrial, post-baby boom” Europe, arguing that Europe is ill-equipped to cope with this phenomenon. According to the article, traditional European leftist solutions to the crime problem, more geared toward prevention and rehabilitation, are being reconsidered along with “get-tough” policies imported from America.


Hate Crime Youth Violence Violent Offense Moral Panic Situational Crime Prevention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary Barberet
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  1. 1.Scarman CentreUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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