Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour: A Critical Review

Jacobson, Jessica; Millie, Andrew and Hough, Mike (2005). Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour: A Critical Review. Institute for Criminal Policy Research, King's College London, London, UK.

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In recognition of the existing gaps in understanding of ASB we initiated this study in order to look at one aspect, namely the rationales of current work on ASB. On the face of it, it seems wholly sensible to tackle ASB simply because ASB is ‘a bad thing’; but what are policy-makers and practitioners seeking to achieve by tackling ASB? This key question raises in turn a number of supplementary questions about rationales for ASB work, including: - To what extent is work on ASB (at national and local levels) underpinned by explicit rationales? - Are there different rationales, and to what extent do they conflict with or complement each other? - Do different rationales for action on ASB imply different forms of action? - Are the aims and expectations associated with work on ASB realistic? - To what extent are rationales for work on ASB informed by relevant research?

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