Crime Prevention Politics as Governance of Risk

Rene Van Swaaningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam

One of the most striking characteristics of European Welfare States over the last two decades is the retreat of the State as a provider of social welfare. Rather than 'doing good', State activity is currently concentrated on 'limiting evil'. Crime prevention politics offer a good example of this tendency, in which traditional State-tasks are 'contracted out' to private enterprise, or left to citizen's initiatives. This paper examines the consequences of this tendency for the actual content of community safety schemes.

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