This new book brings together some of the leading criminologists across Europe, to showcase the best of European criminology. This Handbook aims to reflect the range and depth of current work in Europe, and to counterbalance the impact of the – sometimes insular and ethnocentric – Anglo-American criminological tradition. The end-product is a collection of twenty-eight chapters illustrating a truly comparative and interdisciplinary European criminology.

The editors have assembled a cast of leading voices to reflect on differences and commonalities, elaborate on theoretically grounded comparisons and reflect on emerging themes in criminology in Europe. After the editors’ introduction, the book is organised in three parts:

  • five chapters offering historical, theoretical and policy oriented overviews of European issues in crime and crime control;
  • seven chapters looking at different dimensions of crime in Europe, includingcrime trends, state crime, gender and crime and urban safety;
  • fifteen chapters examining the variety of institutional responses, exploring issues such as policing, juvenile justice, punishment, green crime and the role of the victim.

This book gives some indication of the richness and scope of the emerging comparative European criminology and will be required reading for anyone who wants to understand trends in crime and its control across Europe. It will also be a valuable teaching resource, especially at postgraduate level, as well as an important reference point for researchers and scholars of criminology across Europe.

1. Introduction,  Sophie Body-Gendrot, Mike Hough, Klára Kerezsi, René Lévy and Sonja Snacken  Part I: European Issues on Crime and Crime Control  2. Globalisation and Criminal Justice Trends in Italy, David Nelken  3. History of Crime and Criminal Justice in Europe, Xavier Rousseaux  4. Is There Such a Thing as a European Crime Control Policy?, Klara Kerezsi  5. Surveys on Victimisation and Insecurity in Europe: Some Issues, Renee Zauberman  6. Criminal Law and Human Rights: A Paradoxical Relationship, Francoise Tulkens & Michel van de Kerchove  Part II: Variations in Crime: Descriptions and Explanations  7. It is not just the economy: Towards an Alternative Explanation of Post World War II Crime Trends in Western Europe, Jan van Dijk  8. State Crime: The European Experience, Susanne Karstedt  9. Organised Transnational Crime in Europe, Vincenzo Ruggiero  10. Collective Criminalisation of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe: Social Causes, Circumstances, Consequences, Margit Feischmidt, Kristof Szombati & Peter Szuhay  11. Gender and Crime in Europe, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Elena Larrauri  12. The Informal Economy in Europe, Dominique Boels, Antoinette Verhage & Paul Ponsaers  13. Place, Space and Urban (In)Security, Sophie Body-Gendrot  Part III: Variations in Institutional Responses and Possible Explanations  14. Trust the Justice and the Legitimacy of Legal Authorities: Topline findings from a European Comparative Study, Mike Hough, Jonathan Jackson & Ben Bradford  15. Media and Crime: A Comparative Analysis of Crime News in the UK, Norway and Italy, Rinella Cere, Yvonne Jewkes & Thomas Ugelvik  16. Politcal Economy and Penal Systems, Michael Cavadino & James Dignan  17. Imprisonment and Penal Demands: Exploring the Dimensions and Drivers of Systemic and Attitudinal Punitivity, Tapio Lappi-Seppala  18. Changing Definitions of the Criminal Law in Germany in Late Modernity, Fritz Sack & Christian Schlepper 19. Police and Policing in Europe, Rene Levy  20. Crime Prevention and Public Safety in Europe: Challenges for Comparative Criminology,  Adam Edwards, Gordon Hughes & Nicholas Lord  21. Sentencing, Sonja Snacken, Dirk van Zyl Smit & Kristel Beyens  22. Community Sanctions, Ioan Durnescu  23. Punishment - Prisons,  Sonja Snacken, Aline Bauwens, Dirk van Zyl Smit, Hanne Tournel & Rudy Machiels  24. Juvenile Justice in Europe: Between Continuity and Change, Francis Bailleau & Yves Cartuyvels  25. Legislating Drugs: European Drug Policies or Drug Policies in Europe?, Krysztof Krajewski  26. The Terrorist Threat Before and After 9/11: What has Changed in Europe, Stefano Caneppele  27.  The Borders of the European Union and the Processes of Criminalisation of Migrants,Dario Melossi  28. Practices and Modes of Transatlantic Data Processing: From Sorting Countries to Sorting Individuals, Rocco Bellanova and Paul de Hert