Criticism - Criticism This idea presupposes a number of...

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Criticism This idea presupposes a number of debatable ideas: Firstly , it assumes - rather than demonstrates - that people do indeed behave "rationally" (whatever this idea may mean, however it may be defined and so forth). Secondly , it presupposes that people are always in full possession of the knowledge they would need to assess the likely costs and benefits of their behaviour. Thirdly , how many crimes actually conform to this type of "rational cost / benefit" analysis - both theoretically and empirically? For example, this type of analysis seems to assume that all forms of criminal behaviour are calmly assessed prior to a criminal act being committed - is this always (or indeed ever) the case? Question Can you think of the kinds of instances in which people might not indulge in a cost / benefit analysis of their behaviour prior to committing a crime? Finally , it assumes that the "potential criminal" views likely costs in the same way as any "right thinking person". Whilst on the face of things it appears plausible that a potential criminal would weigh-up the least-risky options in relation to criminal activity, a
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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