The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making

The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making


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Although the issue of offender decision-making pervades almost every discussion of crime and law enforcement, only a few comprehensive texts cover and integrate information about the role of decision-making in crime. The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making provide high-quality reviews of the main paradigms in offender decision-making, such as rational choice theory and dual-process theory. It contains up-to-date reviews of empirical research on decision-making in a wide range of decision types including not only criminal initiation and desistance, but also choice of locations, times, targets, victims, methods as well as large variety crimes including homicide, robbery, domestic violence, burglary, street crime, sexual crimes, and cybercrime. Lastly, it provides in-depth treatments of the major methods used to study offender decision-making, including experiments, observation studies, surveys, offender interviews, and simulations.

Comprehensive and authoritative, the Handbook will quickly become the primary source of theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge about decision-making as it relates to criminal behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199338801
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/05/2017
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages: 776
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Wim Bernasco is Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Henk Elffers is Professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam and a Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

Jean Louis van Gelder is Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

1. Editors' Introduction
Wim Bernasco, Henk Elffers, and Jean-Louis van Gelder

2. Rational Choice Theory, Heuristics and Biases
Megan E. Collins and Thomas A. Loughran

3. Evolutionary Approaches to Rational Choice
Paul Ekblom

4. Multiple Interpretations of Rationality in Offender Decision Making
Henk Elffers

5. Situational Crime Prevention and Offender Decision Making
Aiden Sidebottom and Nick Tilley

6. Biosocial Criminology and Models of Criminal Decision Making
Kyle Treiber

7. Perceptual Deterrence
Robert Apel and Daniel S. Nagin

8. Game Theory
Heiko Rauhut

9. Dual-Process Models of Criminal Decision Making
Jean-Louis van Gelder

10. Personality and Offender Decision-Making: The Theoretical, Empirical, and Practical Implications for Criminology
Shayne Jones

11. Temporal Discounting, Present Orientation, and Criminal Deterrence
Chae Mamayek, Ray Paternoster, and Thomas A. Loughran

12. The Role of Moral Beliefs, Shame, and Guilt in Criminal Decision-Making: An Overview of Theoretical Trameworks and Empirical Results
Robert Svensson, Lieven J.R. Pauwels, and Frank M. Weerman

13. Neural Mechanisms of Criminal Decision Making in Adolescence: The Roles of Executive Functioning and Empathy
Eduard T. Klapwijk, Wouter van den Bos, and Berna Güroglu

14. Social Learner Decision-Making: Matching Theory as a Unifying Framework for Recasting a General Theory
Carter Rees and L. Thomas Winfree

15. Victim Selection
Margit Averdijk

16. Co-offending and Co-offender Selection
Sarah B. van Mastrigt

17. Informal Guardians and Offender Decision Making
Danielle M. Reynald

18. Police and Offender Choices: A Framework
John Eck and Tamara Madensen

19. Crime Location Choice: State-of-the-Art and Avenues for Future Research
Stijn Ruiter

20. High stakes: The Role of Weapons in Offender Decision-Making
Iain Brennan

21. The Effect of Alcohol and Arousal on Criminal Decision Making
M. Lyn Exum, Lauren A. Austin, and Justin D. Franklin

22. Emotions in Offender Decision Making
Jean-Louis van Gelder

23. Experimental Designs in the Study of Offender Decision-Making
Jeffrey A. Bouffard and Nicole Niebuhr

24. Observational Methods of Offender Decision Making
Marie R. Lindegaard and Heith Copes

25. Understanding Offender Decision Making Using Surveys, Interviews, and Life Event Calendars
Ronet Bachman and Ray Paternoster

26. Simulating Crime Event Decision Making: Agent-based Social Simulations in Criminology
Daniel Birks

27. Modeling Offender Decision-Making with Secondary Data
Wim Bernasco

28. 'Deciding' to Kill: Understanding Homicide Offenders' Decision-Making
Fiona Brookman and Michelle Wright

29. Coldblooded and Badass: A "Hot/Cool" Approach to Understanding Carjackers' Decisions
Gabriel T. Cesar and Scott H. Decker

30. The Reasoning Sex Offender
Eric Beauregard

31. Burglary Decisions
Timothy Coupe

32. Offender Decision-Making in Corporate and White-Collar Crime
Wim Huisman

33. Organized Crime and Protection Rackets
Paolo Campana


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