Governance and regional variation of homicide rates: Evidence from cross-national data

Cao, Liqun & Zhang, Yan (2017) Governance and regional variation of homicide rates: Evidence from cross-national data. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 61(1), pp. 25-45.

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Criminological theories of cross-national studies of homicide have underestimated the effects of quality governance of liberal democracy and region. Data sets from several sources are combined and a comprehensive model of homicide is proposed. Results of the spatial regression model, which controls for the effect of spatial autocorrelation, show that quality governance, human development, economic inequality, and ethnic heterogeneity are statistically significant in predicting homicide. In addition, regions of Latin America and non-Muslim Sub-Saharan Africa have significantly higher rates of homicides ceteris paribus while the effects of East Asian countries and Islamic societies are not statistically significant. These findings are consistent with the expectation of the new modernization and regional theories.

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ID Code: 90904
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ethnic heterogeneity, governance of liberal democracy, homicide, human development, inequality, region, spatial autocorrelation
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X15587278
ISSN: 1552-6933
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2015 03:21
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 01:08

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