Austerity and its Corresponding Effects on Public Safety and Crime

Ojo, Adegbola (2021) Austerity and its Corresponding Effects on Public Safety and Crime. In: Handbook on Austerity, Populism and the Welfare State. Edward Elgar, pp. 281-293. ISBN 9781789906738

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Abstract

This chapter explores the direct and indirect consequences of austerity on crime and public safety. While much of the literature and debates covered in the chapter are concerned with the United Kingdom (UK) economic policy and related British social contexts, some examples are drawn from other contexts that reflect similar concerns on the ideological operations of austerity. The chapter begins by considering the motivations for austerity from a public policy perspective. This is followed by an analysis of the changing roles and responsibilities of relevant policing agencies in an era of funding shortfall as well as the inter-agency nature of public safety delivery. An explanation of the nexus between austerity and crime trends is also provided. Finally, the chapter concludes by examining the pressures that different community safety organisations endure following budget cuts with implications on service delivery.

Keywords:Crime, Public Safety, Austerity
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:48086
Deposited On:16 Feb 2022 16:14

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