A Cross-National Test of Institutional Anomie Theory: Do the Strength of Other Social Institutions Mediate or Moderate the Effects of the Economy on the Rate of Crime?1 by ProQuest

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									                                   Western Criminology Review 9(1), 31–48 (2008)


                  A Cross-National Test of Institutional Anomie Theory:
             Do the Strength of Other Social Institutions Mediate or Moderate
                    the Effects of the Economy on the Rate of Crime?1
                                                       Beth Bjerregaard
                                            University of North Carolina – Charlotte

                                                       John K. Cochran
                                                   University of South Florida


Abstract. This study presents a test of Messner and Rosenfeld’s theory of institutional anomie. It employs cross-
national data on the rates of homicide and theft, as well as a variety of indicators of the economy and of the ineffective-
ness of non-economic social institutions. Finally, it examines the degree to which non-economic social institutions
mediate and/or moderat
								
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