Outlining the Crime Drop

  • Stephen Farrall
Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


This chapter introduces readers to the crime drop and to the key theories advanced to explain it, and how these are evaluated. However, the main aim of this book is to raise doubts about the epistemological position adopted by many people studying why crime rates have declined since the early to mid-1990s. I therefore critique the tests used to evaluate theories of the crime drop, drawing upon ideas developed by political scientists.


Crime drop Epistemology Crime trends 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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