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The Social Order of the Underworld$
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David Skarbek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328499.001.0001

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Governance Institutions and the Prison Community

(p.1) 1 Governance Institutions and the Prison Community
The Social Order of the Underworld

David Skarbek

Oxford University Press

Economics provides a powerful lens through which to view the world. This is the first study using rational choice economics to examine how governance institutions form, operate, and evolve in prison. It brings insights from the economics of crime to offer answers to questions found in a large literature in criminology and sociology. The basic idea is that prison gangs are an important source of governance, and these institutions make inmates better off

Keywords:   governance institutions, rational choice, economics of crime, gangs, prison, sociology, criminology

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