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The Myth of Mob RuleViolent Crime and Democratic Politics$
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Lisa L. Miller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190228705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190228705.001.0001

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The Non-Politics of Crime in Postwar Britain

The Non-Politics of Crime in Postwar Britain

(p.55) Chapter 3. The Non-Politics of Crime in Postwar Britain
The Myth of Mob Rule

Lisa L. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of crime in the United Kingdom (primarily England and Wales) and takes a broader view than current analyses by drawing on rates of violent crime and homicide over a longer period of time; assessing the politicization of crime alongside other social welfare issues; and exploring the relevance of the crime issue to low-income and minority populations and the relative responsiveness of political dynamics to these problems. The analysis reveals that violence was a serious social problem for some time before it became politically salient for Britain’s two major political parties and that the Labour Party’s political move into the law-and-order terrain was at least partially rooted in long-term rises in serious violence and non-responsiveness on the issue by Labour. The analysis also reveals that the politicization of crime did not necessarily crowd out other social policy reforms, even under Conservative governments. .

Keywords:   crime, United Kingdom, Labour Party, Conservative, social welfare

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