Risk and Safety


in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI:
Risk and Safety

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This chapter discusses risk and safety in the U.S. and compares them with those in other rich democracies. It investigates the reasons behind the high crime rate in the U.S. and attempts to explain the national differences and similarities in safety, security and risk. It examines whether national differences be explained by contrasts in political and economic organization that result in public-policy differences and whether public policies affect safety.

Keywords: risk and safety; U.S.; rich democracies; crime rate; national differences; political organization; economic organization; public policies

Chapter.  17000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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