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Wilson, James Q.

Works: 277 works in 1,022 publications in 5 languages and 39,863 library holdings
Genres: Textbooks  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Speaker, Author of introduction, Compiler, Other, Redactor
Classifications: HT175.U6, 364.2
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Most widely held works by James Q Wilson
Thinking about crime by James Q Wilson( Book )
36 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As crime rates inexorably rose during the tumultuous years of the 1970s, disputes over how to handle the violence sweeping the nation quickly escalated. James Q. Wilson redefined the public debate by offering a brilliant and provocative new argument?that criminal activity is largely rational and shaped by the rewards and penalties it offers?and forever changed the way Americans think about crime. Now with a new foreword by the prominent scholar and best-selling author Charles Murray, this revised edition of Thinking About Crime introduces a new generation of readers to the theories
Crime and human nature by James Q Wilson( Book )
17 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 2,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Assembling the latest evidence from the fields of sociology, criminology, economics, medicine, biology, and psychology and exploring the effects of such factors as gender, age, race, and family, two eminent social scientists frame a groundbreaking theory of criminal behavior
American government : institutions and policies by James Q Wilson( Book )
137 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This classic text ... explores the foundations of our national political system and shows how the fundamental features of our government influence the lives of all Americans. [It] focuses on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in America and to what ends.-Back cover
The moral sense by James Q Wilson( Book )
27 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the classic and controversial argument that morality is based in human nature.--From publisher description
Bureaucracy : what government agencies do and why they do it by James Q Wilson( Book )
23 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bureaucracy is the classic study of the way American government agencies work and how they can be made to work better. Examining a wide range of bureaucracies, including the Army, the FBI, the FCC, and the Social Security Administration, James Q. Wilson provides the first comprehensive, in-depth analysis of what government agencies do, why they function as they do, and how they might become more responsible and effective. With a new introduction by the author
Varieties of police behavior; the management of law and order in eight communities by James Q Wilson( Book )
32 editions published between 1968 and 1978 in English and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The patrolman has the most difficult, complex, and least understood task in the police department. Much less is known of him than of his better publicized colleague, the detective. In this important and timely book, James Q. Wilson describes the patrolman and the problems he faces that arise out of constraints imposed by law, politics, public opinion, and the expectations of superiors. The study considers how the uniformed officer in eight communities deals with such common offenses as assault, theft, drunkenness, vice, traffic, and disorderly conduct. Six of the communities are in New York State: Albany, Amsterdam, Brighton, Nassau County, Newburgh, and Syracuse. The others are Highland Park, Illinois, and Oakland, California. Enforcing laws dealing with common offenses is especially difficult because it raises the question of administrative discretion. Murder, in the eyes of the police, is unambiguously wrong, and murderers are accordingly arrested; but in cases such as street-corner scuffles or speeding motorists, the patrolman must decide whether to intervene (should the scuffle be stopped? shouldthe motorist be pulled over?) and, if he does, just how to intervene (by arrest? a warning? an interrogation?). In most large organizations, the lowest-ranking members perform the more routinized tasks and the means of accomplishing these tasks are decided by superiors, but in a police department the lowest-ranking officer--the patrolman--is almost solely responsible for enforcing those laws which are the least precise, the most ambiguous.Three ways or "styles" of policing--the watchman, the legalistic, and the service styles--are analyzed and their relation to local politics is explored. In the final chapter, Mr. Wilson discusses if and how the patrolman's behavior can be changed and examines some current proposals for reorganizing police departments. He observes that the ability of the patrolman to do his job well may determine our success in managing social conflict and our prospects for maintaining a proper balance between liberty and order
City politics by Edward C Banfield( Book )
39 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The ethics of human cloning by Leon Kass( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this engaging book, Leon R. Kass, the noted teacher, scientist, and humanist, and James Q. Wilson, the preeminent political scientist to whom four U.S. presidents have turned for advice on crime, drug abuse, education, and other crises in American life, explore the ethics of human cloning, reproductive technology, and the teleology of human sexuality. Although in their lively dialogue both authors share a fundamental distrust of the notion of human cloning, they base their reticence on different views of the role of sexual reproduction and the role of the family. Professor Kass contends that in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction technologies that place the origin of human life in human hands have eroded the respect for the mystery of sexuality and human renewal. Professor Wilson, on the other hand, asserts that whether a human life is created naturally or artificially is immaterial as long as the child is raised by loving parents in a two-parent family and is not harmed by the means of its conception. This accessible volume promises to inform the public policy debate over the permissible conduct of genetic research and the permissible uses of its discoveries
Urban renewal; the record and the controversy by James Q Wilson( Book )
32 editions published between 1966 and 1973 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Crime and public policy by James Q Wilson( Book )
22 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Metropolitan enigma; inquiries into the nature and dimensions of America's urban crisis by James Q Wilson( Book )
32 editions published between 1967 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Negro politics; the search for leadership by James Q Wilson( Book )
19 editions published between 1960 and 1980 in English and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Politics of regulation by James Q Wilson( Book )
12 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political organizations by James Q Wilson( Book )
21 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The marriage problem : how our culture has weakened families by James Q Wilson( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marriage, the emotional core and social foundation of our culture, is under attack. Profound changes in our values have eroded family life to a degree that degrades the very integrity of our society. This devastation takes many forms, says the renowned scholar, James Q. Wilson: the proliferation of cohabitation instead of formal marriage, the steep increase in single and teenage parents, and the rising divorce rate. Behind these diverse forces, Wilson draws on meticulous research to identify two underlying causes of this destruction: the rise of individualism and the consequences of slavery. Unafraid to contradict conventional wisdom, Wilson provides ample evidence that marriage benefits all parties, husbands, wives and, especially, children. An important and persuasive book, The Marriage Problem is a clarion call to rebuild the family, and society, by having a solid marital structure at its core
Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system? by James Q Wilson( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With each passing day, the courts move closer to an atmosphere of moral paralysis, further impairing not only our capacity to deal with criminals, but also to make ethically sound judgments
Crime ( Book )
8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Crime systematically grapples with the most persistent and controversial questions in the study of crime and violence: Why do some people become chronic, ungovernable criminals? Can gun control laws reduce violent crime? Does televised violence cause real violence? Do community alternatives to prison make matters better or worse? All the central issues in today's crime debate are covered in this book, including the effects of biomedical, family, neighborhood, and economic factors on criminality; how prosecutors and judges deal with offenders; the special problem of juvenile crime and gangs; the growth in prison populations and its effects - and much more. Many of the policies now being implemented do not reflect the current state of knowledge about what works and what doesn't in crime control. Crime explores reality-based alternatives that have the potential to restore the confidence in public safety that is essential to a strong civil society
The amateur Democrat; club politics in three cities by James Q Wilson( Book )
18 editions published between 1962 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Understanding America : the anatomy of an exceptional nation ( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What is America? Is it a hegemonic superpower, composed of ruthlessly selfish capitalists? Or is it a land of hope and glory, a shelter for the huddled masses, and a beacon of freedom and enlightenment? The definition of this complex nation has been debated substantially, yet all seem to agree on one thing: it is unique. The idea of an exceptional America can be traced all the way back to Alexis de Tocqueville's nineteenth-century observations of a newly formed democracy that seemed determined to distinguish itself from the rest. Little, it seems, has changed." --Publisher
The police & the community by Bernard L Garmire( Book )
6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays by three specialists in different fields comprise this study of the role of the police in urban America. Bernard l. Garmire, Miami chief of police, starts with the theory that it is too much to expect the policeman to function effectively as both crime fighter and community relations expert. He recommends that police departments be divided into separate law enforcement and community service divisions. Psychiatrist Jesse Rubin discusses problems of the recruit who must form his adult identity while attempting to learn the techniques of his profession. Rubin suggests that men be recruited specifically for specialized roles, such as crime fighting or community relations in order to clarify the role expectations of each policeman. A pessimistic view of past community-relations programs is presented by James Q. Wilson, a political scientist. In lieu of community meetings, discussion groups or police human relations training, he offers several specific action proposals. He recommends increased patrol manpower, higher salaries, and the use of short-term recruits to serve on the police force as an alternative to military service. Like the other two authors, he recommends a community-relations unit but warns that such a unit should not be isolated from the rest of the force
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Alternative Names
Q. Wilson, James
Quinn Wilson, James
Quinn Wilson, James 1931-2012
Uilson, Dzheĭms
Uilson, Dzheǐms 1931-2012
Wilson, J. Q.
Wilson, James Q.
Wilson, James Quinn 1931-2012
Уилсон, Джеймс 1931-
ウィルソン, ジェイムズ・Q
ウィルソン, ジェームズ・Q
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