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Social Disorder in a Urban Context: the Cases Antwerp and Liège (belgium)

Elke Devroe, from the University of Ghent, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “Social Disorder in a Urban Context: the Cases Antwerp and Liège (belgium)”. Here is the abstract: This paper is submitted to the 'Urban Security in Europe 1' panel of the ESC working group on 'Crime, Science and Politics'. The panel examines issues of urban security management considered in the Policy Delphi conducted for project Urbis, which is funded by the European Union's Leonardo Life Long Learning programme. This paper focuses on the problems, responsibilities and relevant expertise for urban security management in two big cities in Belgium, Antwerp and Liège. More concrete, the PHD research (Devroe, 2012) focuses on the governance of incivilities by the Belgium incivility law (administrative communal sanctions) in this two cities and describes, among the history and the coming into being, the practices of different actors in the chain of law enforcement and sanctioning (police, city wardens, private security guards, city major, public prosecution, mediation, social welfare, prevention units and services against poverty and social inequality, etc…) and the problems of fine-tuning these actors in a local integrated preventative policy.

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  • “Social Disorder in a Urban Context: the Cases Antwerp and Liège (belgium)”, by Elke Devroe (Proceedings)

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