The Quantitative Study of Crime in Ireland

John D. Brewer, Bill Lockhart and Paula Rodgers

in Crime In Ireland 1945–95:

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780198265702
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682940 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Quantitative Study of Crime in Ireland

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This chapter compares recorded indictable crime in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland between 1945 and 1995. The fact that both parts of Ireland experienced increases in crime at around the same time and that their respective crime profiles are remarkably similar leads one to posit that similar criminogenic processes are at work in both jurisdictions. The later 1950s and early 1960s marked a significant turning point in economic policy in the Republic with attention being paid to economic growth and a move away from isolationist and protectionist policies. This was associated with an easing of social controls, which were largely embedded in the moral power of the parish priest, and led to changes in everyday life and increasing secularization. The economic changes led to greater consumerism, more goods available for theft and a reduction in emigration, which created a larger pool of young male potential offenders.

Keywords: indictable crime; crime social indicators; Ireland; victimization studies; crime geographical variations

Chapter.  38942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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