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Social Insecurities and Fear of Crime: a Cross-National Study on the Impact of Welfare State Policies on Crime-related Anxieties


Hummelsheim, Dina; Hirtenlehner, Helmut; Jackson, Jonathan; Oberwittler, Dietrich


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Abstract This article assesses the association between national welfare state regimes and public insecurities about crime across Europe. A multilevel analysis of respondents in 23 countries sampled in the 2004/05 European Social Survey finds a strong relationship between insecurities about crime and national levels of social expenditure and decommodification of social welfare policy. Some social protection measures are more strongly associated with national levels of fear of crime than others, especially public non-monetary support for children and families that strengthens the individual's capacity to cope with problems on their own. We conclude with the idea that state-level social protections may buffer the development of widespread fear of crime by increasing self-efficacy and thereby mitigating various social and economic fears. (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter welfare state; social welfare state; social policy; social expenditures; Europe; criminality; anxiety; self-confidence; perception; European Social Survey; secondary analysis; social security; socioeconomic factors
Klassifikation soziale Sicherung; Kriminalsoziologie, Rechtssoziologie, Kriminologie; Sozialpsychologie
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2011
Seitenangabe S. 1-26
Zeitschriftentitel European Sociological Review, 27 (2011) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcq010
ISSN 0266-7215
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
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