Antisocial Behavior

Michael Tonry, Harriet Bildsten

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This article discusses antisocial behavior orders (ASBOs) in England and Wales and recent U.S. policies based on the broken windows hypothesis. The broken windows hypothesis and its policy progeny and ASBOs implicate different categories of troubling behavior, each of which raises distinct normative and policy issues. It discusses developments and related research. The important questions about ASBOs are the reduction of the prevalence of antisocial behavior, the concern of people with respect to them, and the costs they entail. With broken windows, the important issues are the correctness of the slippery slope hypothesis, the contribution of police initiatives to the crime rate, and the justification of the collateral costs of new policing policies. The article discusses a series of normative and policy issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940264
ISBN (Print)9780199844654
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Antisocial behavior orders
  • Broken windows hypothesis
  • Policy issues
  • Slippery slope hypothesis


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