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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Francis T. Cullen & Pamela Wilcox

Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Cornish, Derek B., and Ronald V. Clarke: Rational Choice Theory

Brooke Miller Gialopsos

Derek B. Cornish and Ronald V. Clarke's rational choice theory is the byproduct of a symposium devoted to understanding the rational components of offending (Cornish & Clarke, 1986; Clarke & Cornish, 1985). In the years leading up to this symposium, Cornish and Clarke became interested in examining the strategic thinking of offenders and creating a decision-making approach to studying crime. Their frustration with dispositional theories of crime coupled with their earlier work on situational crime prevention led them to believe that crime is the outcome of choice (Clarke, 1980). However, Cornish and Clarke were also concerned with the development of more effective crime-control strategies. In fact, their pursuit for policy-relevant research to prevent and control crime was the primary reason for the creation of their rational choice theory. Cornish and Clarke's initial interest in offenders’ decision making can be traced to their prior research for the Home Office Research and ...

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