Disorder, Social Capital, and Norm Violation: Three Field Experiments on the Broken Windows Thesis

Journal article
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Publication Details

Author(s): Keuschnigg M, Wolbring T
Journal: Rationality and Society
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 27
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 96 - 126
ISSN: 1043-4631
Language: English


Abstract


Adding to the debate about the “broken windows” thesis we discuss an explanation of minor norm violation based on the assumption that individuals infer expected sanctioning probabilities from contextual cues. We modify the classical framework of rational crime by signals of disorder, local social control, and their interaction. Testing our implications we present results from three field experiments showing that violations of norms, which prevent physical as well as social disorder, foster further violations of the same and of different norms. Varying the net gains from deviance it shows that disorder effects are limited to low-cost situations. Moreover, we provide suggestive evidence that disorder effects are significantly stronger in neighborhoods with high social capital.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Keuschnigg, Marc Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Empirische Wirtschaftssoziologie
Wolbring, Tobias Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Empirische Wirtschaftssoziologie


How to cite

APA:
Keuschnigg, M., & Wolbring, T. (2015). Disorder, Social Capital, and Norm Violation: Three Field Experiments on the Broken Windows Thesis. Rationality and Society, 27(1), 96 - 126. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043463114561749

MLA:
Keuschnigg, Marc, and Tobias Wolbring. "Disorder, Social Capital, and Norm Violation: Three Field Experiments on the Broken Windows Thesis." Rationality and Society 27.1 (2015): 96 - 126.

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