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NCJ Number: 97357 Find in a Library
Title: Wilson's Theory of Police Behavior - A Replication of the Constraint Theory
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:89-98
Author(s): R H Langworthy
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reexamines James Q. Wilson's theory that police behavior is constrained by political culture.
Abstract: Using 1975 FBI arrest data and data published in the International City Management Association's Municipal Yearbook, Wilson's test of his theory is replicated. In addition to comparing mean arrest rates, attention is paid to intercity arrest rate variability. Although the comparison of mean arrest rates confirms Wilson's empirical findings, examination of variability indicates that Wilson's theory is a theory of central tendency, not a theory of constraints. Two references are listed. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Accountability; Police discretion; Political influences
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