This new book brings together some of the leading criminologists across Europe, to showcase the best of European criminology. This Handbook aims to reflect the range and depth of current work in Europe, and to counterbalance the impact of the – sometimes insular and ethnocentric – Anglo-American criminological tradition. The end-product is a collection of twenty-eight chapters illustrating a truly comparative and interdisciplinary European criminology.

The editors have assembled a cast of leading voices to reflect on differences and commonalities, elaborate on theoretically grounded comparisons and reflect on emerging themes in criminology in Europe. After the editors’ introduction, the book is organised in three parts:

  • five chapters offering historical, theoretical and policy oriented overviews of European issues in crime and crime control;
  • seven chapters looking at different dimensions of crime in Europe, includingcrime trends, state crime, gender and crime and urban safety;
  • fifteen chapters examining the variety of institutional responses, exploring issues such as policing, juvenile justice, punishment, green crime and the role of the victim.

This book gives some indication of the richness and scope of the emerging comparative European criminology and will be required reading for anyone who wants to understand trends in crime and its control across Europe. It will also be a valuable teaching resource, especially at postgraduate level, as well as an important reference point for researchers and scholars of criminology across Europe.

part I|86 pages

European issues on crime and crime control

part II|134 pages

Variations in crime

chapter 7|16 pages

It is not just the economy

Towards an alternative explanation of post-World War II crime trends in the Western world

chapter 8|29 pages

State crime

The European experience

chapter 10|20 pages

Collective criminalization of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe

Social causes, circumstances, consequences

part III|295 pages

Variations in institutional responses and possible explanations

chapter 14|23 pages

Trust in justice and the legitimacy of legal authorities

Topline findings from a European comparative study

chapter 15|14 pages

Media and crime

A comparative analysis of crime news in the UK, Norway and Italy

chapter 17|42 pages

Imprisonment and penal demands

Exploring the dimensions and drivers of systemic and attitudinal punitivity

chapter 19|15 pages

Police and policing in Europe 1

Centralization, pluralization, Europeanization

chapter 20|17 pages

Crime prevention and public safety in Europe

Challenges for comparative criminology

chapter 22|13 pages

Community sanctions

chapter 24|17 pages

Juvenile justice in Europe

Between continuity and change

chapter 25|15 pages

Drugs legislation

European drug policies or drug policies in Europe?

chapter 26|14 pages

The terrorist threat before and after 9/11

What has changed in Europe

chapter 28|22 pages

Practices and modes of transatlantic data-processing

From sorting countries to sorting individuals?