ABSTRACT

In 1985, Clarke and Cornish noted that a ‘considerable body of recent psychological research on information processing and decision making has passed largely unnoticed by criminologists’ (p. 158). This led them to draw out a cognitive framework of criminal decision making based on this research – the rational choice perspective – which formed the foundation for a key criminological text edited by the same authors entitled: The Reasoning Criminal: Rational Choice Perspectives on Offending (Cornish and Clarke, 1986 ). Since its publication, an abundance of research has explored the rational choice perspective which has since become one of the most infl uential paradigms in criminology.