Add Parsimony and Stir . . . Exploring the Explanation of State Crime

Michael J. Lynch, Michael A. Long, Paul B. Stretesky
  • American Journal of Criminal Justice, March 2012, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s12103-012-9157-3

The utility of parsimony in explaining crime

What is it about?

Theoretical and empirical parsimony are important to explanations of crime. Explanations of state-corporate crime have been quite complex and non-parsimonious, and that complexity makes those theories empirically nonfalsifable. We argue for parsimonious, empirically testable theories of state corporate crime.

Why is it important?

Explanations of state-corporate crime are complex and are based on ill-advised methods of theory construction. It is important to address this issue so that theories of state-corporate crime can be tested. In doing so, greater appeal of these theories will emerge and the use of those approaches may become more visible to a general criminological audience.

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