Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Rising punitivity in times of economic crisis? : assessing the relationship between the economic situation and the longing for harsher sanctioning
Authors: Hanslmaier, Michael
Baier, Dirk
DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2016.1193037
Published in: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Volume(Issue): 40
Issue: 4
Page(s): 333
Pages to: 346
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Routledge
ISSN: 0192-4036
2157-6475
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 364: Criminology
Abstract: This paper analyses if the economic situation is related to punitivity, that is, if adverse of economic patterns go along with a longing for harsher sanctions in the population. Several scholars have postulated that increased economic insecurities and anxieties may lead to the preference for harsher sanctioning. Empirical research, however, could not confirm the link between individual economic conditions and punitivity. We therefore introduce the concept of relative deprivation as mechanism between the economic situation and punitivity. Database is a nationwide representative survey (N = 3,073) with a multilevel design that allows to differentiate between the individual and the county level conditions. Our analyses confirmed the impact of the regional economic situation on punitivity. The objective individual situation, however, has no influence on punitivity, when we control for relative deprivation and education. Additionally, we find a significant impact of relative deprivation on punitivity. Relative deprivation itself is dependent on the individual economic situation as well as on the county level economic conditions.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14363
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention (IDK)
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