Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 61–63 | Cite as

Brandon C. Welsh, Anthony A. Braga, and Gerben J. N. Bruinsma (ed): “Experimental criminology: prospects for advancing science and public policy”

Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013
  • Cody W. Telep

Randomized controlled trials are generally recognized as among the best methodological approaches for establishing casual relationships, but should they be viewed as the “gold standard” for conducting research? The evidence-based movement in criminal justice continues to gain steam, but what kinds of research evidence are most useful for guiding decisions about policy and practice? In its relatively short history, experimental criminology has contributed to enormous advances in our evidence base regarding the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of particular interventions, but are there other areas outside of field trials where experiments can further scientific knowledge? These are among the important questions considered in the 309 pages of Experimental Criminology: Prospects for Advancing Science and Public Policy, edited by Brandon Welsh, Anthony Braga, and Gerben Bruinsma with a foreword by Philip Cook.

The result is an ambitious volume focused on the past, present, and future of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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