A Brief Overview of Quantitative Criminology in Australia, 1980-1996

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Title A Brief Overview of Quantitative Criminology in Australia, 1980-1996
Author Homel, Ross
Journal Name Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Year Published 1996
Place of publication USA
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Abstract This paper reviews quantitative criminological research, especially of a sophisticated mathematical nature, published by researchers in Australia and New Zealand since 1981. A statistical analysis of quantitative articles published between 1981 and 1995 in the leading academic journal.The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, showed that using the five topical categories developed by Farrington (this issue), there has been little change in the types of research carried out, with studies of court processes and correctional issues accounting for two-thirds of papers. The numbers of “simple” and ”sophisticated” quantitative articles as proportions of the total published also did not vary over the 15 years. Areas of strength in quantitative research include drugs, alcohol, and crime; indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system; regulatory law enforcement; the modeling of recidivism; and sentencing. Most sophisticated quantitative research is carried out by noncriminologists, and it appears unlikely that the amount of mathematically sophisticated research will increase significantly in the next few years. Experimental studies and longitudinal designs will probably slowly grow in popularity, and crime prevention will emerge as an area of quantitative strength.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02354421
Volume 12
Page from 297
Page to 314
ISSN 0748-4518
Date Accessioned 1997-01-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27131
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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