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Examines whether long economic cycles influence the cycle of federal criminal justice legislation while controlling for the effect of crime on legislation. Results support long cycle and Marxian explanations of legislative processes, and reject traditional criminological models which suggest that the level of crime drives the legislative process.

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The empirical evidence offered here is part of the radical criminological literature, and challenges orthodox criminological assumptions and the claim that there are no empirical studies or empirical support for radical criminology.

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This page is a summary of: A further look at long cycles and criminal justice legislation, Justice Quarterly, June 1999, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/07418829900094201.
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