Investigating the Relationship Between Local Politics, Segregation and Crime in 100 Large U.S. Cities, 1970-1990

Thomas D. Stucky, Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. at Fort Wayne

This study is the second part of a larger project designed to explore the relationship between characteristics of city government and crime rates. The first study found that city government characteristics were associated with variation in crime rates in a cross-sectional study of 958 cities with 25,000 or more residents in 1991 (Stucky, 2001). That study found that certain city government characteristics hypothesized to enhance governmental responsiveness were associated with lower city violent crime rates. In addition, the effect of social structural factors such as poverty, unemployment and single-parent families on violent crime rates depended on the number of what I term responsiveness-enhancing local governmental structures. The second study explores whether residential segregation affects the relationship between city governmental structures and crime rates over time using multiple time series data on 100 large U.S. cities in 1970, 1980, and 1990 using the Urban Underclass Database.

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