Determinants of police growth in Phoenix, 1950–1988

Mahesh K. Nalla, Michael J. Lynch, Michael J. Leiber
  • Justice Quarterly, March 1997, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/07418829700093241

Macro-level determinants of police growth, Phoenix, Arizona

What is it about?

Tests three explanations of police growth: public choice, organization constraint models and radical economic explanations. Some support for all three models is found, though consistent support for radical criminological models is most evident while public choice models are rejected.

Why is it important?

An empirical study of criminal justice growth which illustrates how radical criminological explanations can be tested. Results support radical expectations and adds to the empirical literature in radical criminology.

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