The article linked below looks at the extent to which economic downturn and rising inequality are likely to affect crime levels in the UK. Traditionally the view has been that an economic downturn will raise crime, but is it necessarily the downturn that is causing the increased crime?
Consumed by crime Guardian (24/9/08)
|Explain why an economic downturn may lead to increased levels of crime.
|Discuss the extent to which deregulation of markets may have exaggerated the relationship between crime and the level of economic growth.
|Assess the view espoused in the article that “a culture obsessed with material goods” and “competitive individualism” have led to stronger link between crime and economic growth.