Crime and Economic Downturn: The Complexity of Crime and Crime Politics in Greece since 2009

British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 53, Issue 5, 2013

27 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013 Last revised: 8 Aug 2013

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Sappho Xenakis

University of London - Birkbeck College

Leonidas K. Cheliotis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration

Date Written: May 18, 2013

Abstract

Description and explanation of the relationship between economic downturn and crime have to date been limited by the narrow scope of criminal activity characteristically selected as a focus by pertinent criminological scholarship. Efforts to examine the relationship have overwhelmingly approached it through the prism of common property and violent offences, or, and to a lesser degree, white-collar crime. As a consequence, appreciation has been impeded of the existence and heightened political significance of diverse and complex connections between different forms of criminality during times of economic downturn. To demonstrate the value of such connections to the study of the relationship between economic downturn and crime, we draw on the contemporary experience of crisis-hit Greece, where the political importance of associations between corruption, illicit political violence, and common property and violent offences, has made them indispensable components of any account of the relationship between economic downturn and crime in the Greek context.

Suggested Citation

Xenakis, Sappho and Cheliotis, Leonidas K., Crime and Economic Downturn: The Complexity of Crime and Crime Politics in Greece since 2009 (May 18, 2013). British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 53, Issue 5, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266853

Sappho Xenakis

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Leonidas K. Cheliotis (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration ( email )

Houghton Street
London, England WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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