Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here's a fascinating article from The Economist, describing experiments done by Dutch researchers on the relationship between social disorder and crime. This is an attempt to explore the "broken windows" hypothesis of Kelling and Wilson, who held that when there is patent evidence in a neighborhood that no one is paying attention or cares for the well-being of the properties in that neighborhood, crime will be more likely to take place. The Dutch experiments find very significant increases in the amount of crime when it appears to be the case that social order in the neighborhood has broken down. Highly recommended.