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NCJ Number: 31790 Find in a Library
Title: LEAA (LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATION) - A CASE STUDY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOCIAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Journal: CRIME AND SOCIAL JUSTICE  Dated:(FALL-WINTER 1975)  Pages:15-23
Author(s): G MCLAUCHLAN
Corporate Author: Crime and Social Justice Associates
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Crime and Social Justice Associates
Berkeley, CA 94704
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF LEAA IS EXPLAINED BY EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE-DEFINED CRIME AND THE STABILITY OF CAPITALIST ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RELATIONS.
Abstract: THE NOTION OF A 'SOCIAL-INDUSTRIAL' COMPLEX AND THE THEORY OF FISCAL CRISIS ARE UTILIZED TO EXPLAIN AND DESCRIBE STATE-FINANCING OF LARGE-SCALE PRODUCTION IN SOCIAL PROGRAMS WHICH CAN ONLY BE DEVELOPED BY 'MONOPOLY SECTOR INDUSTRIES' (MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND CONGLOMERATES WHICH CONTROL PRODUCTION IN CAPITALINTENSIVE INDUSTRIES). THE THEORY OF THE FISCAL CRISIS OF THE STATE IS BASED UPON THE OBSERVATION THAT THERE IS A TENDENCY FOR STATE EXPENDITURE TO OUTRUN REVENUE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SOCIAL-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (DIRECT INVOLVEMENT OF INDUSTRY IN THE PLANNING, PRODUCTION, AND OPERATION OF STATE-FINANCED SOCIAL PROGRAMS) IS ONE WAY OF ALLEVIATING THE FISCAL CRISIS THAT ALSO PROVIDES NEW INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MONOPOLY INDUSTRIES. THE AUTHOR THEN APPLIES THIS THEORY TO LEAA: SINCE THE GOVERNMENT (THROUGH THE KERNER COMMISSION) HAD DEFINED THE CAUSE OF RISING CRIME RATES AND CIVIL UNREST AS A LACK OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTISE AND LARGE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT, LEAA DEDICATES MOST OF ITS BUDGET TO THESE AREAS. THESE GOODS AND SERVICES ARE, IN TURN, SUPPLIED BY INDUSTRIES THROWN INTO FISCAL CRISIS BY THE UNITED STATES' WITHDRAWAL FROM VIETNAM. THE AUTHOR MAINTAINS THAT GOVERNMENT CAPITAL INVESTMENT HAS ENABLED THESE DEFENSE AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES TO RESTRUCTURE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. A LIST OF REFERENCES IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Case studies; Economic influences; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Political influences
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