Community safety politics and policy in Europe

Moore, Stephen and Millie, Andrew (2011). Community safety politics and policy in Europe. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 13 pp. 229–231.



This special issue brings together contributions from across Europe on policy and political rhetoric on community safety. This issue differs from the usual structure for the journal by including a combination of four articles and three shorter commentaries. The articles cover experiences in Scotland (Bannister et al), Spain (i Brunet and Basanta), Rome and London (Lucianetti) and a cross-European study of school safety (Moore et al). For the three shorter commentaries, community safety policy and politics in Britain (Millie), Germany (Matt) and France (Mucchielli) are considered. Two key themes dominate the contributions. In the first instance, the importance of politics in dictating the direction of crime prevention policy and practice is clearly evident in each of the countries studied. Second, there has been a shift in rhetoric in a number of European countries from top-down governance of community safety issues to bottom-up local control.

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