Public Choice

, Volume 157, Issue 1, pp 91–113

White supremacist groups and hate crime

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11127-012-0045-7

Cite this article as:
Mulholland, S.E. Public Choice (2013) 157: 91. doi:10.1007/s11127-012-0045-7

Abstract

Hate group activity may incite criminal behavior or serve as protection from bias-based violence. I find that the presence of one or more active white supremacist chapters is associated with higher hate crime rates. I reject the hypothesis that chapter presence and hate crimes are symptomatic of the overall level of bias-based violence. Moreover, I reject the hypothesis that white supremacist groups form in response to an increase in antiwhite hate crimes, particularly those perpetrated by nonwhites.

Keywords

Hate groupsWhite supremacistHate crimeCollective actionProtection

JEL Classification

K14J15D71

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stonehill CollegeEastonUSA