ABSTRACT

This chapter describes the background to the development of the ‘rational choice perspective’ and reviews its components as summarized in the Introduction to the Reasoning Criminal (Cornish and Clarke, 1986 ) and discussed in more detail in Crime and Justice (Clarke and Cornish, 1985 ). I then describe the main ways in which the perspective has been developed since its formulation before concluding with some refl ections on the benefi ts of giving a greater role in the perspective to affect and emotion.