Both too much and too little: From elite to street crime in the transformation of the Czech Republic

John Hagan*, Detelina Radoeva

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Abstract

A social capital theory of crime proposes that both excessively high and low levels of trust lead to crime. Low levels of trust are associated with predatory forms of street crime, while high levels of trust can lead to white collar crime and political corruption. This paper explores the role of social capital and trust in the causation of under and upperworld forms of crime in the rapidly changing circumstances of the Czech Republic. Connections between social capital and crime are the product not only of the transition to a market economy, but also of the problems of the pre-transition Czech society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-211
Number of pages17
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Volume28
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Law

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