Research / Themes / Trends in governance
Governance encompasses policies and practices that shape our social world and behavior. A key part of governance is individual and social responses to crime and disorder. We build and test theories about these issues through empirical investigation. We compare trends in governance in the United States with those found elsewhere. This approach envisions criminal justice agencies and actors as part of a broader web of governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in the promotion of safety, security and justice. Particularly crucial are the boundaries between these institutions and segments of society at different levels of analysis. We study the relationships between crime and other aspects of social life as well as the tensions between governance forms that criminalize social problems and those that do not.